21st December 2020
AP — The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on an Argentine-owned technology company for helping Nicolás Maduro carry out recent legislative elections boycotted as fraudulent by the U.S.-backed opposition. The Caracas-based Ex-Cle CA provided the Maduro government with voting machines as well as software for this month’s vote, according… Read More
17th December 2020
A former Venezuelan national treasurer and her husband were indicted by a Miami federal grand jury Tuesday on charges of accepting millions in bribes from a billionaire businessman who paid them through U.S. bank accounts so he could make a fortune off the Venezuelan government’s lucrative currency exchange system. Former… Read More
17th December 2020
Brazilian investigators are pursuing the first criminal probe of current executives at commodities trading firm Trafigura on allegations they approved the bribery of employees at state-controlled oil producer Petrobras, according to three people familiar with the matter. The investigation has focused on two of the three top Trafigura here directors,… Read More
16th December 2020
By Cecilia Anesi and Giulio Rubino, OCCRP, 15 December 2020 OCCRP–Police agencies have long known that Mexican drug cartels help supply Europe’s nearly US$10 billion annual cocaine habit, but acknowledge they have little idea about the workings of these highly organized and well-financed operations. But now,… Read More
11th December 2020
Britain on Thursday slapped sanctions on The Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh as it widened travel bans and economic sanctions for human rights abuses worldwide, AFP reports. The former dictator, whose election defeat to Adama Barrow in December 2016 forced him to flee, was one of three from the West… Read More
11th December 2020
Canada’s anti-money laundering agency is flagging some telltale signs that a financial transaction could be linked to online child sexual exploitation. The federal Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as Fintrac, says in an operational alert issued today the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase in… Read More
10th December 2020
Jorge A. posed proudly in front of the five-star hotel Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World in January 2016. The photo’s caption set the tone for his business trip. “Busy working,” he gloomily wrote on Facebook. Jorge A. works for Corporativo Escomexa, a Mexican import-export company that specializes in the… Read More
10th December 2020
The Trump administration has imposed sanctions at a record-shattering pace of about three times a day during the president’s time in office: a slew of measures targeting companies, individuals and even oil tankers tied to Iran, North Korea, China, Venezuela and Russia. President-elect Joe Biden’s team is promising a top-to-bottom… Read More
9th December 2020
By Audrey Travère, Forbidden Stories, 8 December 2020 Forbidden Stories—Willem-Jan Joachems recalls May 10, 2019 perfectly. “This is where it all happened. Exactly in this spot.” For the journalist, it was the scoop of a lifetime. “The ship was laying there, while they were collecting evidence, and… Read More
9th December 2020
In April 2019, Mexican police arrested suspected human trafficker Ignacio Santoyo in a plush area of the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen after linking him to a prostitution racket extending across Latin America. Yet it was not the 2,000 women Santoyo is alleged to have blackmailed and sexually exploited… Read More