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Huawei CFO seeks publication ban on HSBC documents in U.S. extradition case

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Monday will seek to bar publication of documents her legal team received from HSBC, a request opposed by Canadian prosecutors in her U.S. extradition case who say it violates the principles of open court. Meng’s legal team will present arguments in support of… Read More

Montenegrin Tycoon’s Lawsuit Against Media Highlights a Trail of Controversial Deals

By Dejan Milovac  and Jared Ferrie, OCCRP, 11 June 2021 OCCRP — Zoran Bećirović says he’s an ordinary property developer, and he’s suing Montenegro’s two biggest newspapers and a civil society organization for years of reporting “baseless claims” against him in their coverage of his high-profile land… Read More

Atlantic Entrance to Panama Canal Awash with Cocaine

By Saskia Wright and Anastasia Austin, InSight Crime, 10 June 2021 InSight Crime — Panama’s northern province of Colón, sitting at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal, is seeing a staggering increase in drug seizures, raising questions about its role in the Central American cocaine pipeline. Read More
11th June 2021
The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty on Thursday to narcotics trafficking and money laundering conspiracy charges, almost two years after Guzman was sentenced to life in prison. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, has been in U.S. custody since she was arrested at Dulles International Airport… Read More
10th June 2021
Toronto-Dominion Bank was found not liable for losses related to convicted fraudster Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme, with an Ontario judge rejecting a $4.5 billion negligence claim against the firm. The lender doesn’t need to pay the claim filed by trustees trying to recover losses from Stanford… Read More
10th June 2021
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on four Nicaraguans, including a daughter of President Daniel Ortega, and Washington warned it would continue to use diplomatic and economic tools against members of the leftist government that it accused of undermining democracy. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Ortega to… Read More
8th June 2021
The bitcoin conference had boisterous, ebullient atmosphere, complete with droves of cryptocurrency fanatics, a busy bar, a raffled-off Lamborghini and a skateboard demonstration. But the two-day gathering, convened in Miami over the weekend, also included a potential milestone moment in global economic policy: The president of El Salvador announced that… Read More
8th June 2021
Britain’s exotic network of “Treasure Island” tax havens could be facing the biggest threat to its existence in half a century after the United States and its allies pledged to squeeze more tax out of large, profitable multinational companies. The often distant islands of Britain’s former empire have served as… Read More
7th June 2021
After amassing a fortune selling scrap metal in South Africa, Peter Cooper immigrated to Canada in the mid-1990s with his sons Marshall and Richard and their families. They settled in Victoria, purchased luxurious homes and became permanent residents — qualifying for Canadian health care and other social services. But that… Read More
7th June 2021
Traders are racing to deliver record volumes of Venezuelan crude oil masked as Malaysian bitumen blend to China, ahead of new fuel taxes that look set to upend the lucrative flow of sanctioned oil to the world’s top crude importer. China has over the past 12 months bought an estimated… Read More
4th June 2021
Kyiv’s Pechersky district court has ruled to seize Ukrainian blogger Anatoly Sharij’s real estate and bank accounts. He announced this on Telegram on June 2. According to him, he has not been living in Ukraine for 10 years and allegedly has not been involved in financial… Read More
3rd June 2021
Authorities in Brazil are investigating senior employees at Connecticut-based trading house Freepoint Commodities for their alleged role in a bribery scheme involving state-run oil company Petrobras, Reuters has learned. Federal police here suspect Freepoint, through an intermediary, routed bribes to Petrobras employees for a roughly seven-year period ending in 2018. Read More
3rd June 2021
A banker wanted by the U.S. on money laundering charges was denied bail in the U.K. after he was arrested disembarking a private jet he flew into the country. Peter Weinzierl, the former chief executive officer of an Austrian private bank, better known by its old name of Meinl… Read More