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EU states block blacklisting Saudi, Panama over dirty money

The 28 member states of the European Union all backed a decision on Thursday to reject a proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries suspected of being lax on terrorist financing and money laundering. The decision comes after pressure from Riyadh and other… Read More

EU publishes money laundering blacklist, urges banks to apply customer due diligence (CDD)

The European Commission on Tuesday adopted a list of countries it says has weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, and urged banks to increase customer due diligence (CDD) checks on customers and firms from the blacklisted states. The list was established after an ‘in-depth’ analysis, the Commission explained, and… Read More

Money laundering: First American appears in court over Panama Papers – ICIJ

An accountant alleged to have committed financial crime offences related to the Panama Papers has appeared in court, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which published details of the scandal when it first broke. Richard Gaffey pleaded ‘not guilty’ before the District Court for the Southern District… Read More
24th January 2019
A solicitor, who was also a money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), has been fined £45,000 for failing to conduct anti-money laundering checks for wealthy clients believed to be linked to the Panama Papers scandal. Khalid Mohammed Sharif, a partner at London-based Child & Child, was involved in the law firm’s… Read More
6th December 2018
The United States Department of Justice has charged four individuals with tax fraud and money laundering in connection with an alleged illegal scheme perpetrated by Mossack Fonseca, the law firm central to the Panama Papers data leak. The individuals, known to be professionals, comprised a US-based accountant, an investment… Read More
30th November 2018
Police officers in Frankfurt raided the offices of Deutsche Bank regarding a Panama Papers investigation, which is believed to involve facilitating money laundering in tax havens. Deutsche Bank confirmed raids occurred on Thursday morning, saying in a statement: “We confirm that the police are currently conducting an investigation at… Read More
15th March 2018
Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, said on Wednesday it was shutting down due to the economic and reputational damage inflicted by its role in the global tax evasion debacle. The so-called Panama Papers, which consist of millions of documents stolen from… Read More
13th February 2018
A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 properties – more than any other country. They are owned by 11,700… Read More
23rd January 2018
European Union officials have removed eight jurisdictions from its blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns. Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates are moved to… Read More
16th January 2018
European Union officials have proposed removing eight jurisdictions from the blacklist of tax havens the bloc adopted in December, in what critics may see as a blow to its campaign against tax avoidance. EU states decided last month to draw up the list in a bid to discourage the most… Read More
18th December 2017
Dawn Justice Faisal Arab, who was a member of the three-judge Supreme Court bench that exonerated the PTI chairman on Friday, observed in his additional note that Imran Khan did not incorporate offshore company Niazi Services Limited (NSL) to park assets acquired through embezzlement, bribery or tax evasion to keep… Read More
20th November 2017
17 November 2017 By Brad Brooks, REUTERS Federal prosecutors in Brazil are conducting a criminal investigation into alleged international money laundering by a man at the centre of a Reuters inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump’s first international hotel project. Reuters reviewed more than 350 pages of a sealed investigation… Read More
16th November 2017
By Helena Ciric, Iceland Review Around 60 cases against suspected tax evaders have been dropped by the district attorney’s office due to a break in case proceedings while waiting for a decision from the European Court of Human Rights. Kjarninn reported first. Many of the dropped cases are against individuals… Read More