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Former Romanian parliament speaker sentenced to 5 years in prison for bribery

A Romanian court on Thursday handed a five year prison sentence to a former parliament speaker on charges that he demanded a bribe of 1 million euros to influence the government over a key appointment. The Bucharest Court of Appeal also ordered Bogdan Olteanu, who is 49 on Thursday, to… Read More

As a Slovenian Tycoon’s Empire Crumbled, His Bank Accounts Swelled

By Anuška Delić (Oštro/OCCRP), Matej Zwitter (Oštro) and Maja Čakarić (Oštro), OCCRP, 26 October 2020 OCCRP — After Slovenia’s independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, the former socialist state privatized its assets, giving each citizen a certificate to invest in the few blue-chip firms the country had at the time. The… Read More

How an irrepressible Serbian arms dealer found a conduit to Saudi Arabia through Qatar

By Lawrence Marzouk and Stevan Dojčinović, OCCRP, 23 October 2020 OCCRP – A Cypriot shell firm accused of funnelling bribes on behalf of a notorious Serbian weapons dealer deposited $1.7 million into a secretive trust fund set up for a prominent Saudi, leaked bank records show. That fund’s Qatari… Read More
22nd October 2020
Four Hong Kong shipping companies sanctioned this week by the U.S. Department of State for doing business with an Iranian state shipping line have been traced to a single name, purportedly belonging to a person based in Shanghai, an RFA investigation has revealed. The U.S. on Monday named Reach Holding… Read More
22nd October 2020
The European Union’s executive said on Tuesday it was launching legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their investor citizenship programmes, also known as “golden passport” schemes. The schemes allow wealthy foreigners to buy citizenship in exchange for an investment of around 1 million euros in Malta and 2 million… Read More
20th October 2020
The Polish unit of the Dutch bank ING, ING Bank Slaski, for years allegedly helped Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs move huge sums of money out of ex-Soviet Union countries, according to the US Treasury’s fraud investigation department, FinCen. FinCen files were leaked to and published by the International Consortium… Read More
16th October 2020
By Anthony Cormier, Jason Leopold, John Templon, Scott Pham, Jeremy Singer-Vine, Richard Holmes and Tom Warren, BuzzFeed News, 15 October 2020 BuzzFeed News — Long before he emerged as one of the central figures in then–special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia’s interference in the 2016… Read More
14th October 2020
Cyprus said it was suspending a controversial citizenship for investment programme on Tuesday following reports of abuses of a system that gives the rich a passport and visa-free travel throughout the EU. Criticism of the programme reached a head after the Al Jazeera network secretly filmed a state official, a… Read More
13th October 2020
Several high-ranking Cypriot officials, politicians, lawyers and real estate developers are implicated in a scheme that allows criminals to buy a European passport using the country’s citizenship through an investment programme, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. In The Cyprus Papers Undercover, Al Jazeera reveals how the country’s highest political… Read More
12th October 2020
By Eli Moskowitz, OCCRP, 9 October 2020 OCCRP – Cyprus will begin the process of revoking passports belonging to seven individuals who obtained them by submitting false information on their applications for the country’s Citizenship by Investment Program, according to a Wednesday government press release. Following a meeting… Read More
6th October 2020
Sir Malcolm Rifkind had been more used to summoning ambassadors than visiting them. His spell as Foreign Secretary had been cut short, however, by a Conservative electoral collapse. Having lost his Commons seat too, in the first summer of the new millennium Rifkind approached the Czech embassy, a prize-winning concrete… Read More
2nd October 2020
The European Union reached an early morning deal Friday to advance a sanctions package on Belarus in coming days after Cyprus and Greece won the bloc’s backing on a statement demanding an end to Turkish drilling in what they claim as their waters, leaders said. The Belarus sanctions, which will… Read More
28th September 2020
The number of British entrepreneurs looking to “buy” citizenship from countries offering visa-free access to the European Union has risen sharply, investment migration firms say, as prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the bloc darken. Investment immigration firm Astons said it had seen a 50% and 30%… Read More