7th January 2021
France’s highest court has ordered a retrial of members of the art-dealing Wildenstein family who were acquitted of tax fraud in 2018. Guy Wildenstein, a close friend of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, and other family members, known in France as “les W”, were cleared of hiding an estimated €550m… Read More
5th January 2021
The antiquities trade, which regulators have long feared provided fertile ground for money laundering and other illicit activities, will be subject to greater oversight under legislation passed by Congress on Friday when it overrode President Trump’s veto. The provisions tightening scrutiny of the antiquities market were… Read More
28th December 2020
The figures are shocking – the trade in illegal art is worth $10billion and after drugs and arms it makes up the world’s third largest black market. But the problem with claims by Unesco, art dealers say, is that they are simply not true. It has led to a row… Read More
8th December 2020
By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 7 December 2020 ICIJ — The jolt of energy delivered to the anti-corruption movement in Angola came from an unexpected source. In January, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and partners in 20 countries published the Luanda Leaks investigation, documenting two decades… Read More
7th December 2020
By Antonio Baquero, Dana Priest, Nina Lakhani, Paloma Dupont de Dinechin, Joaquín Gil and Álex Gutiérrez, OCCRP, 6 December 2020 OCCRP — The government of Mexico made Fidel Herrera Beltrán its consul in Barcelona, but there was considerable doubt about his true loyalties and interests during his time in Spain. Read More
6th November 2020
The prosecution has launched a probe into allegations that Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl’s wife was involved in bribery and stock manipulation cases, judicial sources said Thursday. According to the sources, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office has assigned the cases to an anti-corruption investigation team to look into the allegations… Read More
3rd November 2020
The Treasury Department is concerned that vulnerabilities in the art market could be exploited by malign actors to evade U.S. sanctions, and is urging galleries, museums and other participants in the market to implement compliance programs to mitigate such risks. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, in an advisory… Read More
14th October 2020
The billionaire financier Leon Black, one of Wall Street’s most powerful executives, was facing questions from clients after Jeffrey Epstein was arrested last year on federal sex trafficking charges. The two men had known each other for decades, and investors of Mr. Black’s investment company, Apollo Global Management, wanted… Read More
1st October 2020
North Korea has successfully miniaturised its nuclear weapons, continues to build ballistic missiles and is using a range of ingenious means to dodge sanctions, from smuggled coal and art to dispatching workers overseas, according to the United Nations. The new UN report by monitoring experts appointed by the Security Council… Read More
23rd September 2020
By Spencer Woodman, ICIJ, 22 September 2020 ICIJ — They pulled ancient Buddha heads out of the ground in war-torn Afghanistan and stole idols from temples in India. They cracked open shrines in Nepal, and in Cambodia bought an 11th-century statue of the Hindu god Shiva on the black… Read More