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Over $4M in assets seized from convicted former SNC-Lavalin exec Sami Bebawi

A former SNC-Lavalin executive who was convicted on corruption and fraud charges last year has had over $4 million in assets seized by a Quebec Superior Court judge, including a million-dollar property in Florida. Sami Bebawi, who was sentenced in January to eight years and six months in prison… Read More

UK regulators tighten sanctions controls on maritime trade

The UK’s top sanctions regulator has issued landmark guidance for all companies involved in maritime trade, instructing them to pay closer attention to vessel behaviour, company structures and potentially forged documents. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) warns that “a variety of tactics are deployed to confuse or conceal… Read More

Blacklisted Russian Group’s Libya Oil Grab Fuels Tensions in Mideast

Military contractors linked to the Kremlin have seized control of two of Libya’s largest oil facilities in recent weeks, heightening tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Moscow’s growing footprint in the turbulent North African nation. Since June, armed fighters from the Wagner Group, a Russian firm with ties to… Read More
20th July 2020
The leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Saturday threatened for the first time to use sanctions against countries that continued to violate a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged “all foreign actors to end… Read More
30th June 2020
Every year, millions of dollars in cash enters and exits Canada stuffed inside envelopes, shirt pockets and bags. But only a tiny fraction is moved by criminals. The rest is transported by average Canadians and visitors who are taking $10,000 or more into or out of the country. Since 2017,… Read More
5th June 2020
The U.S. and other powers are investigating suspected efforts by Libyan militia leader Khalifa Haftar to raise funds through oil deals, including with Emirati brokers and Venezuela, according to U.S., European and Libyan officials. The United Nations and the official Libyan government are probing a Dubai-based ship charterer for possibly… Read More
4th June 2020
In August 2019, a report on the Malta Independent – since then removed from the newspaper’s website – revealed reports in the Arab press of a Malta-registered RHIB (rigid-hull inflatable boat), having been found abandoned by Libyan coast guards. The Manta 2, an MRC-1250 RHIB powered by four engines, had… Read More
1st June 2020
North Korean and Chinese citizens are operating a multibillion-dollar money laundering scheme to help fund the North’s nuclear weapons program, the Justice Department said in an indictment unsealed on Thursday. The case underscores the Trump administration’s inability to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program through diplomacy. The department charged 28… Read More
26th May 2020
The 20 private military contractors (PMCs) who were evacuated from war-torn Libya aboard two Malta-leased RHIBs and to Valletta, were aviation experts getting ready to operate assault helicopters, MaltaToday has learnt. A full list of names in this newspaper’s possession clearly shows the men who arrived at the Valletta seaport on the Manta-1 rigid… Read More
30th April 2020
The uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad is reported to have a European fortune that includes two Paris townhouses — one of them 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) — a stud farm, a chateau and more than 500 properties in Spain. A former Syrian vice president and military leader,… Read More
30th April 2020
At times it can seem as if Swedbank’s recent history has been taken from the plot of a Nordic noir novel. There is a procedural bleakness to the Swedish bank’s money laundering scandal and a complexity to it all that does little to resolve the moral ambiguities of institutional malfeasance. Read More
28th April 2020
Authorities believe Malta-based companies may have been involved in providing weapons, tactical supplies and perhaps even private military contractors to players involved in the raging Libyan civil war. Sources involved in monitoring the island’s national security told Times of Malta that a network of Malta-based operators and their foreign partners… Read More
27th April 2020
A Maltese arms dealer has been charged with breaching EU sanctions on Libya. James Fenech, 41, allegedly used two military-grade Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to circumvent international sanctions and transport private contractors out of war-torn Libya without notifying the authorities. A mysterious Malta-registered boat found in the harbour or… Read More