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US Legislators to Introduce Bipartisan Bills Fighting Kleptocracy

By Julett Pineda Sleinan, OCCRP, 14 June 2021 OCCRP — A group of U.S. lawmakers intend to introduce three bipartisan bills designed to curb kleptocracy and corruption worldwide. They say their proposals close gaps in existing laws concerning sanctions of corrupt individuals, address abuses to investor… Read More

Huawei CFO seeks publication ban on HSBC documents in U.S. extradition case

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Monday will seek to bar publication of documents her legal team received from HSBC, a request opposed by Canadian prosecutors in her U.S. extradition case who say it violates the principles of open court. Meng’s legal team will present arguments in support of… Read More

European Parliament Calls For Harsh Economic Sanctions On ‘Criminal’ Belarusian Regime

The European Parliament has called for sweeping economic sanctions and a raft of other measures against Belarus in response to growing repression and the forced landing of a plane flying between two EU capitals to arrest opposition activist Raman Pratasevich. Economic sanctions should target Belarus’s state-run companies in the oil,… Read More
14th June 2021
Hong Kong bankers and lawyers will be able to search the city’s companies registry under proposed exemptions to plans to tighten public access to the database, Secretary for Financial Services Christopher Hui said on Saturday. Business and governance experts have criticised a government plan to restrict access to the personal… Read More
11th June 2021
China enacted a new law aimed at countering foreign sanctions, in response to U.S. and European efforts to pressure Beijing on issues spanning human rights, trade and technology. Senior members of China’s legislature approved the “anti-foreign-sanctions law” on Thursday, state media said, following an expedited process that skipped public consultation… Read More
11th June 2021
A top American diplomat told Congress on Wednesday that the Biden administration plans to impose additional sanctions on the authoritarian regime in Belarus — a significant step as lawmakers agitate for tougher punishments against a top ally of Vladimir Putin. The U.S. effort comes amid rising tensions between Minsk and… Read More
11th June 2021
The Biden administration on Thursday lifted sanctions on three former Iranian government officials and two Iranian companies involved in the country’s oil industry, a conciliatory gesture days before a potentially decisive round of nuclear talks in Vienna. The administration cautioned against reading too much into the move. Ned Price, the… Read More
11th June 2021
In a speech seen as an act of defiance against the Lebanese state and the US, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday insisted that Lebanon should be “negotiating with Iran to buy gasoline and diesel with the Lebanese currency if Lebanon’s shortages persist.” Seemingly unconcerned about the possibility that this… Read More
11th June 2021
Earlier this week the Council of Europe’s MONEYVAL published a progress report showing significantly improved ratings for Malta in its fight against money laundering and terrorist financing from a technical perspective. Thursday’s report clearly acknowledged the progress made since Malta’s earlier evaluation, at times doing so quite openly when confirming… Read More
10th June 2021
Questions have been raised over the EU’s exact objectives regarding Myanmar, after its foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, last Thursday said that a third round of sanctions will soon be imposed on the country’s military and economic interests. Following its February 1 coup, which overthrew the… Read More
10th June 2021
European companies have expressed alarm about a new Chinese anti-sanctions law, saying they are concerned by a lack of transparency. The law is expected to pass on Thursday at the closing session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. It will be the first major legal move by Beijing to… Read More
10th June 2021
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on four Nicaraguans, including a daughter of President Daniel Ortega, and Washington warned it would continue to use diplomatic and economic tools against members of the leftist government that it accused of undermining democracy. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Ortega to… Read More
9th June 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that “hundreds” of US sanctions will remain on Iran even if the United States rejoins a nuclear accord. President Joe Biden’s administration has been engaged in indirect talks with Iran about reversing former president Donald Trump’s exit from the 2015 nuclear accord, formally… Read More