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London School of Economics accepted risky cash years after donations warning

A leading university with a history of accepting donations linked to dictatorships has taken hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash for student fees despite money-laundering risks. The London School of Economics, one of the world’s best arts and social science universities, was forced under freedom of information laws to… Read More

Libya releases man described as one of world’s most wanted human traffickers

Libyan authorities have released a man described as one of the world’s most wanted human traffickers, who was placed under sanctions by the UN security council for being directly involved in the sinking of migrant boats. The coastguard commander Abd al-Rahman Milad, known by his alias Bija, is suspected of… Read More

Malta: Alleged fuel smuggler paid auditor’s hefty FIAU fine, court told

An alleged fuel smuggler paid a hefty FIAU fine issued to his accountant who stands charged with money laundering, a court heard on Monday. Auditor Chris Baldacchino stands accused of having been the brains behind the laundering of illicit funds for an organised crime group allegedly involved in a €30million… Read More
4th March 2021
The legitimacy of Libya’s new interim prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, has been thrown into doubt by a UN inquiry finding that he allegedly gained power after his supporters offered bribes as high as $200,000 to attract votes. His supporters allegedly offered the money in a hotel in Tunis where… Read More
22nd February 2021
A new report out today by international NGO, Global Witness, says Libya appears to be losing millions of dollars a year through fraudulent use of its Letters of Credit (LC) system, run by the Tripoli Central Bank of Libya. The report says these deals are passing through correspondent banks in… Read More
25th November 2020
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
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
6th November 2020
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
2nd November 2020
As a law professor, I have devoted my professional life to teaching about, advocating for, and advancing justice with regard to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Now, my dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship has made me a special target for the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the quest for global justice. Read More
27th October 2020
An accountancy firm that provided corporate services to one of the companies implicating in the Operation Dirty Oil fuel smuggling ring, has been fined €58,900 by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU). The clients included ADJ Trading, a company implicated in the €30 million Libyan fuel smuggling ring, that was controlled by… Read More
19th October 2020
A money-laundering operation that allegedly funnelled tens of millions of pounds through Scotland from Libya is believed to be the largest fraud investigation in Scottish history. The findings of a six-year inquiry by Police Scotland are being considered by prosecutors. Government officials in the north African country claimed that a… Read More
9th October 2020
Malta’s Individual Investor Programme has lost some 73 of its agents out of a list of 200 firms and approved agents selling citizenship to the ultra-rich. Of those 73, only four practitioners have had their license outright suspended by the IIP agency: these include two licences held by the legal… Read More