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Brazil’s Odebrecht files for bankruptcy protection after years of graft probes

Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht SA filed on Monday for bankruptcy protection, aiming to restructure 51 billion reais ($13 billion) of debt in what would be one of Latin America’s largest-ever in-court debt restructurings. The bankruptcy filing comes after years of struggles for Odebrecht, the biggest of the Brazilian engineering groups caught… Read More

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

AP — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country’s crisis, The Associated Press has learned. The… Read More

Dominica removed from EU tax haven blacklist

The Caribbean island of Dominica has been removed from a European Union list of tax havens, the EU said on Friday. Dominica changed its tax rules to comply with EU requirements meant to reduce the risks of tax evasion, the EU said in a statement. The EU said 11 jurisdictions… Read More
17th June 2019
The mayor of Nueva Concepcion, a town on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, stands accused by prosecutors of drug trafficking and money laundering for Mexican cartels that use the coastal route to transport cocaine to the United States. Yet Otoniel Lima, who rides around his poor municipality of 130,000 people… Read More
17th June 2019
The government of Canada has agreed to take new steps to fight money laundering, including launching a consultation on corporate transparency requirements and allocating more funding for law enforcement. The measures, announced in Vancouver on Thursday, will direct an additional $10 million CAD for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police… Read More
14th June 2019
Brazil’s Petrobras found suspicious activity in its oil trading business – and failed to stop it – six years before an alleged bribery scandal erupted in that unit in 2018, according to three people with knowledge of the situation and documents seen by Reuters. A 2012 internal probe at the… Read More
11th June 2019
Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro and federal prosecutors scrambled to respond on Monday to reports published by news website The Intercept based on what it said were leaked messages from a corruption probe. The Intercept said it was only beginning to report on an “enormous trove” of leaked messages… Read More
10th June 2019
A Venezuelan court on Friday ordered that six executives from U.S. refiner Citgo should stand trial on charges of corruption, defying pressure from U.S. authorities to release for the group that includes naturalized U.S. citizens. The executives were arrested in November 2017 after being called into a meeting at the… Read More
7th June 2019
The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday tightened its pressure on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company by making clear that exports of diluents by international shippers could be subject to U.S. sanctions. The change, announced on the Treasury Department’s website, is the latest U.S. measure aimed at pressuring Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro… Read More
7th June 2019
AP — Authorities in El Salvador say ex-President Tony Saca has reached a deal to plead guilty to bribing a judicial official to leak information in a civil case against him. Prosecutors say in a legal document that Saca will face an abbreviated judicial process and be given a two-year… Read More
7th June 2019
Citibank and Deutsche Bank have taken control of around $1.4 billion of Venezuelan government gold, which they received as guarantees for loans, as a result of U.S. sanctions on the Venezuelan Central Bank, according to five sources. Between 2014 and 2016 the central bank (BCV) used a portion of its… Read More
7th June 2019
AP — A Mexican federal judge has lifted an arrest warrant issued for a former head of the state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos in a corruption investigation, but says he must appear at a hearing. Prosecutors issued the warrant for Emilio Lozoya last month, saying there is evidence linking him… Read More
6th June 2019
Peru’s Congress was set to continue debate on Wednesday ahead of a confidence vote on the government called by President Martin Vizcarra as part of his effort to pressure lawmakers to pass his anti-graft proposals. Debate in the unicameral legislature began on Tuesday and was suspended late in the evening… Read More