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Belgium’s EU candidate denies ‘malicious’ graft accusations

Didier Reynders, Belgium’s pick for EU justice commissioner, denied on Wednesday corruption allegations against him and said he would continue to seek the post because he had not been charged. At a confirmation hearing, Belgian Foreign Minister Reynders told the European Parliament that money-laundering allegations made by a former Belgian… Read More

Belgium joins EU mechanism to trade with Iran

The parliamentary foreign affairs commission on Tuesday approved a draft resolution supporting Belgium’s membership of INSTEX, the European special purpose company that is required to allow trade with Iran despite American sanctions. In 2015, an agreement was reached between Iran and the five members of the UN Security Council as… Read More

Didier Reynders, Belgium’s Commission pick, under police investigation

Belgian police are investigating allegations of corruption and money-laundering against Didier Reynders, the country’s foreign minister and the nominee to be the EU’s next justice commissioner. Reynders has denied the accusations which, according to De Tijd newspaper, relate to the construction of the Belgian embassy building in Kinshasa, the… Read More
12th September 2019
Police investigating suspected fraud linked to the transfer of Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to Newcastle United have raided properties in Belgium, Monaco and London, arresting two people including an agent, officials said Wednesday. The probe, which earlier this year saw the Belgian FA headquarters searched, is looking into suspected money-laundering… Read More
7th August 2019
HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm has agreed to pay nearly 300 million euros ($336 million) to settle a tax fraud case in Belgium, Belgian prosecutors said on Tuesday, the latest blow for the Alpine state’s banking sector from the EU. The settlement comes after a French court in February ordered… Read More
19th July 2019
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on an international network of companies and their agents it said were involved in the procurement of materials for Iran’s nuclear programme. They are the first punitive steps by Washington since Tehran announced earlier this month it would increase its levels of enriched… Read More
16th July 2019
The Belgian unit of ING Groep NV was fined 350,000 euros ($394,485) by the central bank of Belgium for violating legislation against money laundering. ING Belgium was hit with the penalty on April 24, Julie Kerremans, a Brussels-based spokeswoman for the unit, said in an emailed statement… Read More
28th June 2019
Brussels-based KBC Group NV and its banking arm KBC Bank are facing prosecution for their purported roles in facilitating money laundering and tax fraud by Belgian clients.  The banking group disclosed the charges by the Ghent public prosecutor’s office in a statement on its website Thursday and said… Read More
26th April 2019
Belgian bank Degroof Petercam has been audited by the Belgian central bank over how it guards against money laundering, and a source at the European Central Bank said the ECB’s Supervisory Board would take up its case at a meeting starting on Thursday. In a statement on Wednesday, which came… 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
18th January 2019
A 92-year-old woman who defrauded the Belgian tax authorities of millions of euros over many decades was spared jail on Wednesday but must pay over 4 million euros in fines and back taxes. Branded by prosecutors as “maniacal” about managing her money, the woman named only as Betty W., won… Read More
19th December 2018
AP — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest coalition party quit over Michel’s support for a United Nations compact on international migration. “I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now going… Read More
27th November 2018
Authorities have frozen a number of assets linked to a Belgian criminal who used a Spanish restaurant to launder illicit proceeds and then invest the money in real estate. The man, who was part of an organised crime group, had been wanted by Belgian police after allegedly committing over… Read More