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The Sentry: African conflict gold is being laundered in Dubai

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

Interpol’s global operation seizes tons of smuggled wildlife species

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

Bribery victims prevail in restitution claim against hedge fund

A federal judge approved a restitution payment of more than $138 million to investors in a Congolese mine, bringing to a close a yearslong legal battle over their status as victims of a bribery scheme by hedge fund Sculptor Capital Management Inc. Final approval for the restitution came Wednesday at… Read More
15th October 2020
By Will Fitzgibbon and Mago Torres, ICIJ, 13 October 2020 ICIJ — No, this former vice president cannot have his seven planes back. In May, the International Criminal Court ruled that Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will not be compensated for spending… Read More
20th July 2020
On July 8th, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a settlement agreement with Amazon.com, Inc (“Amazon”) for a large number of violations across a wide spectrum of OFAC’s sanctions programs (the agreement published by OFAC lists 14 sets of regulations and Executive Orders). While the total amount… Read More
13th July 2020
Last month, more allegations emerged surrounding the Congolese presidential family’s ill-gotten gains. In Florida, US federal prosecutors took steps to seize a Miami penthouse of Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, son of Republic of Congo’s president, a sitting member of parliament and former powerful figure in the national oil company, SNPC. Read More
9th July 2020
Global Witness and the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) said they condemn a criminal complaint filed against them in France by Afriland First Bank, a Cameroonian financial institution named in the Undermining Sanctions investigation. “For two of the principal subjects of our report to threaten or file… Read More
2nd July 2020
A year ago in June, a group of bankers marched into a U.S. Treasury office in Washington on perhaps the most important mission of their careers: to save a country from financial collapse. Among them was Willy Mulamba, Citigroup Inc.’s top executive in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a… Read More
22nd June 2020
Vital Kamerhe, the chief of staff of Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, was sentenced to 20 years forced labor and faces millions of dollars in fines after a court convicted him of embezzlement and corruption. Kamerhe was convicted of participating in the theft of more than $50 million… Read More
15th June 2020
Gold smuggling from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is costing the impoverished country millions of dollars in tax revenue and funding conflict and criminal networks that stretch across Africa and beyond, according to a United Nations Group of Experts report. Congo’s official exports of hand-dug gold bear almost no relation… Read More
13th May 2020
Congolese citizens and international campaign groups have filed a civil action in Belgium against passport manufacturer Semlex, which is being investigated by prosecutors for possible money laundering and corruption, the petitioners said on Wednesday. “We want the Belgian judiciary to lift the veil on this case and punish any individual… Read More
10th April 2020
The chief of staff and potential successor to Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi is under provisional arrest as part of a corruption investigation, fracturing his administration and throwing the country’s political class into turmoil. Authorities detained Vital Kamerhe Wednesday after he appeared at a hearing on state corruption,… Read More
24th March 2020
A former health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for embezzling more than $400,000 from the country’s Ebola response funds, a court order showed. Oly Ilunga was health minister for seven months at the height of the Ebola epidemic in… Read More