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The Northern Irish ghost companies that mask crime worldwide

By David Leask, Peter Geoghegan and Richard Smith openDemocracy — Nikolai Sukhanov is used to flags of convenience. The flags of many… Read More

U.S. Charges Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro With Drug Trafficking

U.S. authorities charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and senior government officials with drug trafficking and conspiring with terrorists and offered multimillion-dollar rewards for their arrests, escalating the Trump administration’s effort to unseat the leftist regime. Prosecutors unsealed a series of criminal cases in New York, Florida and Washington on… Read More

UK in-house lawyer was ‘puppet director’ for dubious £16m schemes

An in-house solicitor who gave a ‘veneer of respectability’ to dubious property schemes has been struck off the roll. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard that Timothy Ackrel was one of a succession of ‘puppet directors’ used to conceal the beneficiaries of a scheme to sell apartment blocks in north west… Read More