New office takes aim at corruption

  • 1999-10-07
  • By J. Michael Lyons
RIGA - A policeman stops a drunk man and makes it known no charges will be pressed if a small payment is rendered. Otherwise, the policeman says, the man's name will appear on a nationwide list of drug addicts, and he will not be allowed to leave the country.That's one example, supposedly hypothetical, that Inese Voika uses to illustrate corruption, and she wants to help stop it.Voika is head of the Latvian chapter of Transparency International, the country's newest weapon in a fight to clean up government, business, law enforcement and any other facet of life where power is used for person...
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