SAMPLE ENTRY: Release of drug trafficking pilot

  • Entry ID: [eb1s7]
  • Date: February 26, 2017
  • Country: Honduras
  • Case Name: Release of drug trafficking pilot
  • Description:Update on the case from 2003 regarding the illegal release of the Colombian pilot Luis Mauricio Palacios Giraldo and the Honduran José Ramón Gamboa Lara by a criminal group inside the Police institution. The group answered to Congressmember Armando Ávila Panchamé before he was assassinated in prison.
  • Source: Unofficial
  • Type: Corruption
  • Potential impact on popular perceptions: 5
  • Direction of impact: Neutral/Uncertain
  • Sector (general): Public
  • Sector (specific): Defense and Interior
  • Activity: Operations management, Service delivery
  • Sub-type: Bribery (collusion), Criminal Activities
  • Range: National
  • Level: Multiple levels
  • Amount: Medium corruption
  • Legality: Criminal act
  • Actors involved in wrongdoing: Incumbent + former (Police Forces)

What is Daily Corruption?

Daily Corruption: News Feed & Database is a response to the deficiencies commonly pointed out against traditional aggregate indexes, on the one hand, and to the constraints regularly affecting case studies, on the other. Its objective is to provide daily, readily processed, and immediately available qualitative data on a number of characteristics concerning ongoing corruption cases, such as public sector affected (commerce, education, tax administration, etc.), specific type (bribery, embezzlement, money laundering, etc.), range (local, national, international), resources (petty, grand) and organizations involved (executive, judiciary, military, etc.), and several others. Furthermore, this data can then be automatically employed for statistical analysis, thus providing a new quantitative instrument to complement current instruments such as Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

Hence, by being based on the daily input of data logs regarding corruption and anti-corruption events as communicated by the main media outlets of each country covered, the project aims to (1) limit the loss of data accuracy regarding the perception of political corruption; (2) drastically cut down the financial and logistic costs of conducting case studies in developing countries; (3) offer a constantly updated map of political corruption at the national level; and, perhaps most importantly, (4) provide an instrument for the follow-up of political will for anti-corruption efforts in each country.

The data is initially inputted manually by local partners of each participating country (the beta stage focusing on the Americas before rolling out to other regions), until enough information is available to train text classification algorithms and automatize about 70% of the process. In this way, the employment of text analytics tools will provide long term sustainability to the project, while the participation of local experts and international organisations (such as Global Integrity) as separate levels of validation will make sure that the quality of the data remains at a proper level.

With this brief introduction, we hope that established researchers and activists may want to collaborate with us by providing feedback, and letting us know other dimensions of corruption that could be integrated into Daily Corruption. Any other form of participation would also be welcome, as we are currently looking for regional coordinators and support members, and academic institutions that may be interested in actively hosting this project. The activities for which we are pursuing support are described under the following categories/roles, from least to most involvement:

– Feedback: Experts providing comment and recommendations on any relevant aspect of the project, such as variables of interest, values and their description/classification, quality and validity requirements, reference to potential partners, etc.

– Monitoring: Experts actively assessing the quality and validity of the data vis-a-vis the news sources (national or international), validating both samples and classification.

– Coordination: Scholars or activists familiar with corruption literature or research, providing real-time guidance and feedback to the regional operators of the system in order to guarantee consistency and accuracy of data processing/validation. Coordinators also support the first stage of the project’s implementation in their particular region.

– Data processing/validation: Local institutional partners assigning operators to the system, who manually classify national daily news on a number of variables using to this end the web form available in the platform. After the system has integrated text classification algorithms for the particular country, the local operators’ focus switches to validation, with only a minimum of manual input left.

– *Hosting: Currently, the Daily Corruption project is a private initiative, and is not administered through any academic or non-governmental organisation. Thus, I am also reaching out to private and public institutes that may be interested in formally hosting it. This step is of particular importance to engage with sources of international funds and so facilitate the expansion of our network of regional partners and carry on the desired global implementation.

There is much to be done to aid the work of scholars and activists, and the proposed database could provide the basis for the next wave of international anti-corruption efforts.

October 11, 2016 – Going after the former Peruvian president: Political cleanup or new stance against high-level corruption?


Most Relevant News of the Day: After merely two months and a half of leaving office, former Peruvian president Ollanta Humala is included in a money laundering criminal investigation against former first lady Nadine Heredia, in relation to campaign funds received for the 2006 and 2011 elections.


Other news in the continent today:


Argentina Governor of Buenos Aires dissolves police department involved in managing the institution’s budget, and transfers responsibilities to the State’s Ministry of Security.

Bolivia Prosecutor’s Office of Santa Cruz brings charges against Governor Rubén Costas for embezzlement dating 2007.

Opposition and opinion leaders express their worries for the state of freedom of speech and other democratic principles in the country.

Brazil Procurator’s Office brings charges against former president Lula and ten businessmen for alleged bribery scheme in relation to projects in Angola.

Costa Rica Parties in Congress announce project that would eliminate the requirement to prove campaign expenses to the Electoral Tribunal in next elections.

Members of the Costa Rican Futbol Federation are considering to demand Rodolfo Villalobos, president of the Federation, to step down while irregularities involving former president Eduardo Li are investigated.

Ecuador Trial against former president of the Ecuatorian Futbol Federation, Luis Chiriboga, for money laundering began today.

El Salvador Prosecutors search the offices of Colombian company AGM for irregular procurement of $49.6 millions worth of LED bulbs conducted by three city halls.

Guatemala In smuggling and corruption case El Bodegón, judge orders detention of two implicated and releases other nine until trial.

Guyana Public consultation on the Witness Protection and Protected Disclosures (Whistleblower) Bills 2016 was held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.

Auditor General expands probe on irregular $100 million procurement of communication radio sets conducted by the Guyana Elections Commisssion (GECOM) for the 2015 elections, now to include other transactions.

Honduras More members of the Honduran military are being investigated in United States for their links with drug cartels.ás-militares-hondureños-están-siendo-investigados-por-eeuu-por-supuestos-v%C3%ADnculos-con

Congress debates this week the Law on Financing, Transparency and Control of Political Campaigns.ón-ley-de-financiamiento-de-partidos-pol%C3%Adticos

Former judiciary official, Marlene Suyapa Pérez Valle, says she was fired for investigating alleged corruption involving Teodor Bonilla, vice-president of the Council of the Judiciary.ándalo-sacude-la-corte-suprema-de-justicia

Mexico Audit finds irregularities in the administration of mayor of Santiago Tuxtla (Veracruz), Claudia Acompa, who has been questioned for her lavish expenses.

Nicaragua Sandinista party FSLN orders cancellation of radio news program Hoy for criticizing the government.

Panama Prosecutor’s Office plans to present appeal to reverse the sentence that brought an end to the money laundering case against 14 people connected to former judge Alejandro Moncada Luna, some of whom were part of the inner circle of former president Ricardo Martinelli.

Paraguay Official of the National Institute of Rural and Land Development (INDERT), Julián Armando Díaz Solís, is found in posesssion of 100 acres in Guahory that were irregularly obtained.

Peru Prosecutor Germán Juárez includes former president Ollanta Humala in money laundering investigation against former first lady Nadine Heredia.

Anticorruption prosecutor Janis Sánchez begins investigation against former presidential advisor, Carlos Moreno, after two audios released by the media involve him in corrupt dealings.

Uruguay Despite court sentence, Central Bank of Uruguay keeps in their positions two officials hired through irregular processes, one of whom is the daughter of a senior officer of the Bank.