The United States Government said it has indicted “almost 40 public officials”. And their immediate family members around the world for corruption this year.
Mr Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, Monday stated this during an occasion of the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day.
Pompeo said the indictment was pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations. And the Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019.
Mr Pompeo said the U.S. would continue to use the instrument “to prevent corrupt officials of foreign governments. And their immediate family members from travelling to and spending their ill-gotten gains in the United States”.
“On this day, we renew our call to all countries to address the scourge of corruption.
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“They should effectively implement their international anti-corruption commitments, including those under the UN Convention against Corruption,” he said.
The Secretary of State, therefore, urged them to support civil society and the media journalists. Adding that they should take measures to promote open and accountable governance”. (NAN)l