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St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship scheme gets a lift from coronavirus pandemic

If you have been dreaming of getting away from the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, you can — provided you have some cash in hand. For the starting sum of $150,000, you can buy your citizenship of the pristine Caribbean islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis. With their pure… Read More

European money intended for Libyan migrants being diverted, laundered

AP — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. Instead, the misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving… Read More

Jailed tycoon and professor in Tunisia’s presidential runoff

AP — Jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui and independent law professor Kais Saied will advance to Tunisia’s presidential runoff, sending the North African nation’s young democracy into an unprecedented electoral battle. Tunisia’s electoral commission said Tuesday the two candidates came out on top of the 26 running in… Read More
12th September 2019
Media magnate Nabil Karoui’s run for president was testing the rules of Tunisia’s young democracy even before he was put in custody last month charged with tax fraud and money laundering. As his unlicensed news channel broadcasts footage of him doling out aid to the poor, Karoui, 56, is campaigning… Read More
26th August 2019
Tunisian police arrested presidential candidate Nabil Karoui on Friday after a court ordered his detention, the Interior Ministry said, in a case involving charges of money laundering but which Karoui’s party said was a politically motivated attempt to exclude him from the election race. Karoui’s own Nessma TV channel reported… Read More
24th May 2019
AP — The U.N. said it was informed that a Tunisian appeals court decided Tuesday to release Mocef Kartas, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against Libya, who was arrested following his arrival in Tunis on March 26 on suspicion of espionage. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. is “very… Read More
1st April 2019
AP — The United Nations says a member of the U.N. panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Libya has been arrested in Tunisia despite having diplomatic immunity. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Mocef Kartas, who reportedly has dual German-Tunisian citizenship, was arrested following his arrival in Tunis on March… Read More
18th July 2018
The Tunisian parliament on Tuesday approved a law to combat illicit enrichment, a step designed to strengthen the government’s fight against widespread corruption in the country. Since the 2011 uprising, Tunisia has been held up by Western partners as a model of democracy for the region. Economic progress has… Read More
7th February 2018
European Union lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favour of including Tunisia onto the bloc’s list of third countries considered at high risk of money laundering and terrorism financing. Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago were also added to the blacklist. After Wednesday’s decision, Parliament may meet to discuss the EU… Read More
16th October 2017
Smuggling cigarettes has become such a profitable business for extremist groups, so much that former Algerian military commander of al-Qaeda in Maghreb extremist Mokhtar Belmokhtar was also known as Mr. Marlboro. More than three quarters of all cigarettes smoked in Libya are illicit, as over 13 billion cigarettes in the… Read More
18th July 2017
Enforcement directorate today arrested director of two Dubai-based firm, Shivani Saxena, for money laundering in the Agusta Westland case. Saxena is a resident of Palm Jumeira in Dubai and is the director of M/s UHY Saxena, Dubai & M/s Matrix Holdings. It is through these companies that the proceeds of… Read More
27th January 2017
Mr Jammeh, thought to now be in Equatorial Guinea, is not the first leader accused of lining his own pockets with state funds. In fact, many have taken far more. Here are some of the worst offenders. Read More
8th September 2016
More than $2 billion has been lost from Tunisian coffers since former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in 2011. A report by the Global Financial Integrity organisation (GFI) highlighted the severity of the loss as $181 per capita and said corruption was the main cause of Tunisia’s… Read More