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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

First glimpse of new EU human rights sanctions

International perpetrators of genocide and torture, but not corruption, are to face new-model EU sanctions, a leaked document shows. Those guilty of crimes against humanity, slavery, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests will also face EU asset-freezes and visa-bans. And those responsible for human-trafficking, sexual violence, and abuses of… Read More

China complicit in bypassing UN sanctions to launder North Korean money, report suggests

A new investigation into companies trading in the Chinese city of Dandong, on the border with North Korea, has shed a spotlight on Pyongyang’s global money laundering networks and raised fresh questions about China’s complicity in bypassing United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong-un’s regime. “The Billion Dollar Border Town,” a… Read More
7th September 2020
Shark fin soup, considered a delicacy in some countries, has long fueled demand for illegally harvested fins. But federal authorities in Georgia announced this week that they had dismantled at least one source for the ingredient: a multimillion-dollar organization they described as an international money laundering, drug trafficking and illegal… Read More
4th September 2020
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on 11 foreign companies, accusing them of helping to facilitate Iran’s export of petroleum, petroleum products and petrochemicals in violation of American sanctions. The Treasury said it slapped sanctions on six companies based in Iran, the United Arab Emirates and China that it… Read More
3rd September 2020
ACAMS Today — The recently released Financial Action Task Force (FATF) paper entitled, “Money Laundering and the Illegal Wildlife Trade” is a call to action for the private and public sectors. The paper reveals that wildlife trafficking and environmental crime bring in excessive profits and are frequently linked to other forms of organized crime… Read More
2nd September 2020
The Philippines will not halt infrastructure projects involving Chinese firms blacklisted by ally the United States and will make its own decisions, not those of a foreign power, the president’s spokesman said on Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte will not follow Washington’s move to sanction Chinese firms involved in building and… Read More
31st August 2020
A FTSE 250 cigarette products supplier that has been under investigation by United States authorities over possible sanctions breaches is not expecting a second fine. Essentra agreed to pay a £530,000 fine for sanctions violations in North Korea last month but the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control… Read More
31st August 2020
How would you spend £340 ($450)? It’s a lot of money – enough for a haute couture purse from Yves Saint Laurent. It is also the market rate for a kilogram of scales from the world’s most trafficked animal. The story of how the trade of pangolin scales… Read More
31st August 2020
The European Union stepped up threats of more sanctions against Turkey over its energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean in a bid to address demands by Greece and Cyprus. EU foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell said he would begin compiling a list of possible penalties that would be directed at individuals,… Read More
28th August 2020
Political pressure is growing in Brazil to disband a high-profile team of anti-corruption prosecutors that has put dozens of former executives and politicians behind bars, despite its strong popular support and hundreds of cases still pending. Prosecutor General Augusto Aras will decide on Sept. 10 whether to renew for another… Read More
27th August 2020
The Trump administration added 24 Chinese companies to a trade blacklist for helping China build islands in the South China Sea, a construction program the United States has labeled an illegal attempt to control an important shipping route. The blacklist, known as the Entity List, has become a favorite… Read More
26th August 2020
By Douwe den Held, InSight Crime, 24 August 2020 InSightCrime – Authorities in the Netherlands are discovering more cocaine processing facilities, but the dismantling of the largest one to date, staffed by Colombian workers, marks a new chapter for the country. In mid-August, a raid in the northern town… Read More