A former Burkina Faso customs chief under ousted president Blaise Compaore has been given a two-year suspended sentence after a relative was found with a suitcase stuffed with nearly three million euros ($3.4m mn) in cash. Osmane Guiro was found "guilty of corruption" involving sums of around 1.37 million euros, judge Jean-Emile Somda said late Saturday. The sentence, and the seizure of his property worth a similar amount, was well below that sought by prosecutors, who had asked for Guiro to be jailed for 10 years as well as the seizure of most of his possessions. The maximum penalty had been up to 20 years imprisonment. Guiro hugged relatives as the verdict was announced. The case had become emblematic of the corruption under Compaore, who was deposed as leader of the impoverished west African country last October. Guiro's earned less than 800 euros as director general of customs when his nephew was reportedly caught carrying a suitcase containing cash worth nearly three million euros in December 2011, much of it in foreign currencies. Guiro, 62, who also held property valued at more than 1.14 million euros, had pleaded not guilty. Public prosecutors have five days to appeal. Although sacked by the former president, Guiro left prison after his arrest and was elected as a local councillor in 2012 under the banner of Compaore's party. Anger at nepotism, corruption and impunity from the law were key elements in the revolt that ended Compaore's 27-year rule and sent him into exile on October 31.
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QUESTION #11 FROM OUR SURVEYS
- A review of the literature on ACAs indicates that there is no standard approach or model when it comes to the establishment of an ACA and the definition of its mandate.
- Some ACAs have been created from scratch, while others have built on existing ombudsman offices, special units within police departments, or justice departments.
- The ACAs included in this initiative are no different. The majority of ACAs have some preventive and investigating functions, but prosecution is carried out by less than half.
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OF COUNTRIES HAVE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAWS
FROM OUR COUNTRY CROSS-ANALYSIS
The existence of anti-corruption laws is the first step in addressing corruption and creating an enabling environment for ACAs to operate effectively. Anti-corruption laws and regulations such as freedom of information, conflict of interest legislation, whistle-blower protection and financial disclosure, can facilitate the investigative and prosecution functions of ACAs.
For this reason, many countries have introduced this type of laws, as the data collected highlights. This may appear encouraging for the seemingly widespread existence of a comprehensive legal system in support of ACAs activities. It is however important to stress that the data presented capture the existence of the laws (“de jure” system) and not whether the laws are implemented (“de facto”).