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EU pressures Malta over Bank of Valletta ‘golden passport’ clients

The European Commission has asked Malta to clarify how it intends to address Bank of Valletta’s shortcomings over its monitoring of foreign customers who applied to buy Maltese citizenship under a so-called “golden passport” scheme. Malta, with a population of only 420,000, has sought to attract foreign capital with schemes… Read More

Despite Scandal, Cyprus Will Keep Selling Golden Visas, EU Passports

Cyprus has no plans to stop selling Golden Visas to rich foreigners who invest in the country despite the government’s admission there were laws that let them acquire residency permits and European Union passports without being property vetted – leading to 26 being removed. Cypriot Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said… Read More

Swedbank May Have Breached US Sanctions Against Russia, SVT Reports

Swedbank AB may have violated U.S. sanctions against Russia by facilitating the transfer of about 10 million Swedish kronor ($1 million) from gun maker Kalashnikov to a U.S. subsidiary in Florida, according to a report by Swedish state broadcaster SVT. After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the U.S. imposed sanctions… Read More
21st November 2019
When Lithuania’s AB Bankas Snoras imploded in 2011, its main shareholders, Vladimir Antonov and Raimondas Baranauskas, had already left for the United Kingdom, where Antonov had accomplished a long-held dream to take over the Portsmouth Football Club. On Nov. 24 of that year Antonov, a Russian, and Baranauskas, a Lithuanian,… Read More
21st November 2019
Russian oligarch Mikhail Abyzov built a complex network of offshore companies that were used to move a fortune out of Russia, according to a Swedbank internal draft report obtained by OCCRP and its Swedish partner, national public TV channel Sveriges Television (SVT). Today he’s charged with defrauding the Russian government… Read More
18th November 2019
Three prime ministers took to a stage in the ballroom of a five-star London hotel this week offering the world’s wealthiest people “golden passports” and citizenship of their countries in return for hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment or flat “contributions”. Allen Chastanet, the prime minister… Read More
12th November 2019
The revelation last week that fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, holds a Cypriot passport has sparked a fresh flurry of speculation over his whereabouts, as authorities attempt to track him down for alleged financial crimes linked to defunct state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The… Read More
11th November 2019
The European Union’s largest states are pushing for the establishment of a new supervisory authority that would take over from states the oversight of money laundering at financial firms, after a series of scandals at the bloc’s banks. In a joint statement, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Latvia… Read More
7th November 2019
AP — Cyprus is to set in motion procedures to strip 26 foreign investors of citizenship, the country’s interior minister said Wednesday, amid questions over whether they should have been issued a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program. Constantinos Petrides said authorities will also investigate all investors… Read More
6th November 2019
Although suspicious transactions from Jho Taek Low’s local bank accounts were flagged as early as October 2015, and despite Interpol issuing an arrest warrant for the Malaysian businessman-cum-fugitive a year later, the government never initiated a process to revoke his passport. Daily Politis on Tuesday revealed more information raising a… Read More
6th November 2019
Cypriot former Interior Minister Sokrates Hasicos denied on Monday media reports saying Malaysian fugitive Jho Taek Low – a key figure in a multi-billion dollar embezzlement scheme – had acquired Cypriot citizenship in 2015 just two days after applying. Cypriot newspaper Politis said the businessman, known as Jho… Read More
5th November 2019
Britain is known for its strong rule of law. Yet London is also a global hotspot for money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes. Experts say that a no-questions-asked approach to opening U.K. companies has exacerbated this problem. However, the U.K.’s transparent registries and its freedom of information laws… Read More
4th November 2019
Malta’s financial regulator has lost a bid to stop the shuttered Satabank from releasing funds from the bank account of an offshore company belonging to ‘Dirty Oil’ suspect Gordon Debono. Debono is facing criminal charges related to a €30 million oil-smuggling ring in Catania, Sicily, together with conspirators Darren Debono,… Read More