International Whistleblower News (October 19)

[Canada] Perreaux, Les and Rhéal Séguin, “Montreal Mafia controls 80 percent of road contracts, whistleblower says,” The Globe and Mail, October 15, 2009.

The alleged plans for fixing bids among Montreal construction companies known as the “Fabulous Fourteen” were passed along by telephone, often using a code based on golf.

[Azerbaijan] “Whistleblower released from psychiatric hospital,” International Freedom of Expression eXchange, October 14, 2009.

Mahammad Gurbanov, a 55-year-old resident of Nakhchivan City who was placed in a psychiatric hospital by police on 11 September 2009, was released on World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, after 29 days in detention. Click here to read more.


[UK] Smith, Lewis, “High Court reinstates nurse who exposed neglect,” The Independent, October 13, 2009.

A nurse who was struck off the register for blowing the whistle on unacceptably low standards of care for elderly patients has won her fight for re-instatement. Margaret Haywood secretly filmed patients at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton to show they were being neglected. Click here to read more.

Previous post about Margaret Haywood in NWC blog

[UK] Butler, Patrick, “Sharon Shoesmith lawyers demand Ofsted docements,”, October 12, 2009.

Lawyers acting for the sacked Haringey children’s boss Sharon Shoesmith have demanded that Ofsted release key documents that would shed light on claims that it deliberately “manipulated” performance data in the wake of the Baby Peter furore. Click here to read more.

[Australia] Skinner, Jo, “Commissioner rejects police whistleblower’s bullying allegations,” ABC News, October 12, 2009.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson has rejected a Sunshine Coast officer’s claims of corruption and bullying within the force. Sergeant Robbie Munn says he has been ordered off work for 18 months and told to see a psychiatrist after he campaigned against cronyism at the Maroochydore police station. Click here to read more.

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