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Leaked EU draft proposes all-encompassing laws for crypto assets

A leaked version of rules to be issued later this month by the European Commission proposes an all-encompassing set of regulations covering the trading or issuance of digital assets across the 27-nation bloc. Europe’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) draft legislation provides legal certainty around crypto assets – cryptocurrencies, security… Read More

U.S. threatens sanctions for arms sales to Iran

The Trump administration threatened Wednesday to impose an array of fresh sanctions to deter China and Russia from selling weapons to Iran after an arms embargo on Washington’s Middle East foe expires next month. Elliott Abrams, the administration’s special envoy for Iran and Venezuela, told reporters that the sanctions “will… Read More

FIFA’s former No. 2 caught up in scandal had $11 million debt

A former FIFA official accused of accepting nearly $1.5 million in bribes told the Greek businessman accused of paying him the cash to delete most of their correspondence. Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s former secretary general, sent the message to Dinos Deris in October 2016, six months before Swiss federal prosecutors opened… Read More
17th September 2020
Zineb Jammeh, the wife of Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, has been hit with U.S. sanctions for her role in the economic plunder of the tiny West African county during her husband’s 22-year rule, the U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday. Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50 million of state funds… Read More
17th September 2020
The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on China’s Union Development Group, the company behind the controversial Dara Sakor tourism development on Cambodia’s coast. The Treasury’s stated reason was that UDG intimidated and evicted families from their homes on the company’s 45,000 hectare concession to make way for the development… Read More
17th September 2020
After the fitness center where Denise Newton worked closed down in April because of the coronavirus, she posted her résumé online to look for a new job. She soon got a call from a company she had never heard of. The woman who phoned from the company, Heies, invited… Read More
16th September 2020
A Japanese cryptocurrency exchange that suffered from a $60 million hack in 2018 is suing Binance for “aiding and abetting” the laundering of some of the stolen funds. According to a complaint filed by Fisco in the Northern California District Court on Sept. 14, the Japanese exchange alleged that soon… Read More
16th September 2020
By Will Neal, OCCRP, 14 September 2020 OCCRP – Prosecutors in the United States have indicted three people on charges of bank fraud and money laundering related to an alleged conspiracy to violate sanctions against North Korea. According to an affidavit filed on Monday in Washington, D.C., Ri… Read More
16th September 2020
A sleek blue-and-white yacht worth $1 million has been moved from a dock on the Miami River to a marina in Aventura, but a legal dispute over the actual owner of the Italian-made vessel is still up in the air. A Miami federal judge weighed in on the fate of… Read More
15th September 2020
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has reportedly prepared a list of at least 20 reconditioned car importers who, it claims, have been involved in the Hawala and Hundi transfers of about Rs40 billion. “None of the car dealers (importing reconditioned cars) maintained any legal payment ledger for the transactions,” said… Read More
15th September 2020
The United States has accused two Chinese shell companies of helping China’s technology giant ZTE sell banned telecommunications equipment to North Korea. According to a criminal complaint unsealed on Friday, Ryer International Trading and Rensy International Trading served as go-betweens for ZTE, which sold the equipment – allegedly made… Read More
15th September 2020
After years of investigation, mountains of evidence and hundreds of suspects, Italy’s plucky anti-mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri is gearing up for a “historic” court battle against the country’s powerful ‘Ndrangheta clan. The first salvos in a court battle were fired Friday as a preliminary hearing against ‘Ndrangheta members opened in… Read More
15th September 2020
When the Twitter account of its own chief executive, Jack Dorsey, was taken over by hackers last year, a stream of tweets with racial slurs, profanity and praise for Adolf Hitler were posted for 30 minutes. Weeks later, the food writer and campaigner Jack Monroe lost £5,000 from… Read More