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Former footballers among many arrested in Maltese fuel smuggling raids

Former footballers Darren Debono and Jeffrey Chetcuti have spent the night in prison after police carried out a nationwide anti-smuggling sting operation. Law enforcement sources confirmed that a number of raids were carried out between Monday and the early hours of Tuesday morning targeting Debono and a number of his… Read More

Gabon’s First Family Stashed Cash in DC Property

By Pierre Dupont, Roshanak Taghavi and Kira Zalan, OCCRP, 23 November 2020 OCCRP — The Bongo family has ruled Gabon for over five decades — and for nearly as long, they have been accused of looting their nation’s wealth. Authorities in France and the U.S. have over the years investigated… Read More

African Soccer Chief Is Barred for Five Years Over Ethics Violations

FIFA on Monday barred the top official in African soccer from the sport for five years, upending the leadership of one of its six regional confederations only months before a presidential election and offering a new reminder that corruption continues to plague global soccer even at its most senior levels. Read More
23rd November 2020
Nadzida Cano, who runs the Kids Corner Sarajevo kindergarten, says that according to the Islamic faith, securing water for someone is an act for which “a man will be rewarded after death”. This is why she and her sister, aftMillions of euros have been raised through appeals in Bosnia and… Read More
23rd November 2020
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career. Prosecutors allege Sarkozy offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for judge… Read More
23rd November 2020
Russia on Friday stopped a U.N. Security Council committee from blacklisting a Libyan militia group and its leader for human rights abuses because it said it wanted to see more evidence first that they had killed civilians. The United States and Germany proposed that the council’s… Read More
20th November 2020
A controversial millionaire pastor has turned himself in to police after South Africa issued a warrant of arrest against him for skipping bail and fleeing home to Malawi. Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, are facing charges of money laundering and fraud in South Africa. On Saturday he told his… Read More
19th November 2020
It isn’t much fun these days being Prince Andrew, eighth in line to the British throne. Last year he was grounded by his mother, the queen, after a disastrous TV interview about his links to the late money manager and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The prince rarely leaves… Read More
17th November 2020
Africa’s wealthiest preacher spirited himself back home to Malawi while facing a string of fraud and money laundering charges in South Africa. The authorities only realised that Shepherd Bushiri, 37, had left the country when he issued a statement declaring he had made “a tactical withdrawal” after crossing at least… Read More
16th November 2020
By David Klein, OCCRP, 13 November 2020 OCCRP – The years-long rise in international gold prices has driven a new artisanal gold mining and refining rush in conflict-affected areas in East and Central Africa and has turned the United Arab Emirates into the foremost launderer of such gold, according… Read More
13th November 2020
JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to identify any bank officials who signed off on $875 million of transfers to a former Nigerian oil minister, after the government said that some of the lender’s own managers expressed concerns. The west African nation has accused the U.S. bank in a London… Read More
12th November 2020
South African prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for the secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress on Tuesday, a police spokeswoman said, making him the highest-profile official to be charged in a corruption scandal that has pitched President Cyril Ramaphosa against powerful members of his own party. As secretary-general, Ace… Read More
12th November 2020
By Zdravko Ljubas, OCCRP, 10 November 2020 OCCRP – Law enforcement agencies across the world seized tonnes of protected wildlife and forestry specimens and products, such as ivory, red sandalwood, and turtles, during a month-long Interpol-coordinated operation which saw hundreds of arrests and prompted investigations worldwide. Operation Thunder 2020… Read More