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Alleged RCMP mole accused of selling secrets to kingpin money launderer and terror-financier’s network

In October 2014, Canadian intelligence leaders were invited to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s headquarters in Chantilly, Va. The DEA had a theory: the upper echelons of global money laundering, terrorism, drug-trafficking and organized crime all bleed together. And only a handful of men in this murky world of extremely… Read More

Pakistan arrests Mumbai attacks ‘plotter’ for terrorism financing

Pakistan has arrested Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a leader of armed group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a counterterrorism official said. The arrest is in relation to “terrorism financing”, the official said on Saturday, and not a specific attack. “Proscribed organisation LeT… Read More

Pakistan anti-corruption body arrests former foreign minister

Pakistan’s anti-corruption body on Tuesday arrested a senior opposition leader and former foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, in an ongoing probe into allegations of possessing assets higher than his known sources of income. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Asif — a leading face of the The Pakistani Muslim League… Read More
24th December 2020
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday seized assets of six accused, including family members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, in a money laundering case. An accountability court in Lahore resumed the hearing of the case today. The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly and… Read More
24th December 2020
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran’s clerical establishment has used religious organizations to expand its clout abroad. Key among them is the Al-Mustafa International University, a network of religious seminaries based in the Shi’ite holy city of Qom that has branches in some 50 countries. The university claims… Read More
15th December 2020
Six expats have been imprisoned in Abu Dhabi and slapped with hefty fines on charges of money laundering. The accused, all Pakistani nationals, were charged with “committing money laundering by conducting suspicious banking transactions in an attempt to conceal the origin of funds obtained from drug trafficking”, the Abu Dhabi… Read More
14th December 2020
The leader of the Taliban had life insurance and built up a large property portfolio before he was killed in a US drone strike, a court in Pakistan has been told. Mullah Akhtar Mansour had used fake identities to buy at least five properties in Karachi, and is believed… 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
4th December 2020
AP – A top Pakistani court on Wednesday declared the country’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who lives in exile in London, a fugitive from justice after he failed to return home to face additional corruption charges. The move by the Islamabad High Court comes… Read More
27th November 2020
An accountability court in Lahore on Thursday declared family members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif absconders in a money laundering reference. The accused include the PML-N’s president’s wife Nusrat Shehbaz, son Salman Shehbaz, daughter Rabia Imran and son-in-law. They did not appear before the court despite repeat… Read More
20th November 2020
A Pakistani court on Thursday sentenced Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai siege, to 10 years in prison on two charges of terrorism financing, his lawyer said. The sentences for the two charges –… Read More
12th November 2020
Pakistan’s Opposition leader and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza were indicted in a money laundering case by an accountability court here on Wednesday. The country’s anti-graft body, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), framed the charges against Shahbaz, who is the younger brother of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif,… Read More
3rd November 2020
Naming and shaming countries that fail to meet the international community’s anti-financial crime standards is an increasingly popular pastime. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF, the global money-laundering and terrorist-financing watchdog) has long been a proponent and has recently been joined by the EU. The EU has now developed its… Read More