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New Charges and New Arrests in the Satyam Scandal

Bea Edwards, November 26, 2009

New charges filed yesterday by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) allege that the accounting fraud at India’s Satyam Compu

Weak Prescription for Improved World Bank Governance

Jesselyn Radack, November 06, 2009

This post was written by GAP International Reform Director Beatrice Edwards for herDaily Kos Blog.

IIC's Efforts To Invoke Immunities Denied Again In Vila Case

Bea Edwards, October 21, 2009

On October 5th 2009, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a request filed by the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) for a hearing en banc of its motion to dismiss claims filed by Jorge Vila, a former consultant. Vila filed his claim against the IIC – the private sector lending arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – in October 2006, and since then the Courts have turned back repeated efforts by the IIC to invoke its immunities.

The World Bank Group And Rajaratnam

Jesselyn Radack, October 20, 2009

This post was written by GAP International Reform Director Beatrice Edwards for herDaily Kos Blog.

Unlawful Privatization in Sri Lanka - Supreme Court Reverses Itself

Bea Edwards, September 24, 2009

On June 4, 2009, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka annulled the sale of the Sri Lanka Insurance Company (SLIC) to private interests, causing the ownership of SLIC to revert to the government. As a result of the court case, documents establishing the complicity of auditors from Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernst and Young in the unethical and illicit transaction came to light. To date, however, neither company has been sanctioned and none of the individuals responsible has been held to account.

District Court Forces IDB/IIC to Waive Immunity

Bea Edwards, June 23, 2009

On June 19th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector lending arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), could not claim immunity from a lawsuit for unjust enrichment by an independent consultant. The lawsuit will now proceed. The case, Vila vs. the IIC, is the second case this year to force international organizations to waive their immunities and submit to lawsuits brought against them in the United States (the other is Osseiran vs. the International Finance Corporation).

GAP Letter To World Bank Asks for Debarment Clarification

Bea Edwards, January 14, 2009

GAP has been pursuing disclosures concerning the relationship between the World Bank and the scandal that ultimately brought down Satyam Computer Services, Ltd. of India. After repeated investigative media reports, Bank officials admitted last month to GAP that the World Bank had, in fact, debarred Satyam from direct contracts for eight years due to financial misconduct.

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