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Money laundering: Singapore discusses new rules, CDD for gold dealers

Precious metal dealers in Singapore will have to conduct stricter customer due diligence checks (CDD) and submit details of suspicious transactions, under new measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. Law Minister Edwin Tong, in a Second Reading speech on the Precious Stones and Precious Metals (Prevention of Money… Read More

Schumer announces fentanyl sanctions bill before China talks

AP — The Senate’s top Democrat is introducing legislation to “hold China accountable” and sanction laboratories and other traffickers who export fentanyl to the United States. The bill, which will be introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer, of New York later this week, is likely to add to growing tension between… Read More

Australia: ‘Greedy’ bankers put profit before customers, Commission findings show

A key government-appointed inquiry into misconduct and other issues within the Australian banking sector has highlighted a need to reform culture within the industry, and revealed issues of ‘greed’ within industry, where the drive for profit supersedes customer care. In its final report published on Monday, the Royal Commission said… Read More
5th February 2019
The British government has signed an order to extradite Indian liquor and aviation tycoon Vijay Mallya, the UK’s Home Office said in a statement on Monday. The order follows a London court’s ruling in December that Mallya, who moved to Britain in March 2016, be extradited to India to face… Read More
4th February 2019
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has clarified its stance on whether remittance firms can lend out money following a query about their operations. The query, which was published in the Straits Times, said that many maids were being paid through a remittance firm. In its response, the… Read More
4th February 2019
International payments network SWIFT said on Saturday it had signed an agreement with Bangladesh’s central bank to help it rebuild its infrastructure after hackers used it to steal $81 million in 2016 in the world’s biggest cyber heist. Unidentified hackers, suspected to be from North Korea, carried out the heist… Read More
31st January 2019
Bangladesh will file a lawsuit in a U.S. court on Wednesday against Philippine bank Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) over its role in one of the world’s biggest cyber-heists, the Bangladesh central bank governor said. In February 2016, unknown criminals used fraudulent orders on the SWIFT payments system to steal… Read More
30th January 2019
The United Kingdom has dropped out of the league of top ten countries perceived to have the lowest levels of government corruption, while the United States has tumbled out of the top 20 states, according to the new Corruption Perception Index. The rankings, which list 180 countries and territories by… Read More
30th January 2019
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer, the central figure in a high-stakes dispute between the world’s two largest economies, made her first appearance in a Canadian court in more than a month on Tuesday as Ottawa weighs extraditing the Chinese executive to the United States. Meng Wanzhou, daughter of… Read More
29th January 2019
Malaysian prosecutors on Monday charged former prime minister Najib Razak with three more counts of money laundering, allegedly receiving the proceeds of illegal activities in his personal bank accounts. After unexpectedly losing an election to Mahathir Mohamad in May last year, Najib has been slapped with a series of corruption… Read More
28th January 2019
Malaysia’s securities regulator said on Saturday it was looking into the conduct of auditors of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a state fund that was wound up after losing billions of dollars in a scandal that erupted under the country’s previous government. “The Securities Commission’s review of the conduct of… Read More
24th January 2019
AP — Canada’s ambassador to China said he thinks a top Chinese executive has a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States and said he hopes she will be released soon in remarks one of his predecessors called “mind-boggling.” Ambassador John McCallum told Chinese… Read More
23rd January 2019
China’s banking and insurance regulator issued guidelines on Tuesday to strengthen banks’ overseas compliance management. It will pay special attention to country risk, anti-money laundering and counter terrorism risks, the China’s Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said in a statement on its website. (Reporting by Shu Zhang and Beijing Monitoring… Read More