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Former IAAF president Lamine Diack jailed for taking bribes to cover up Russian doping

The former president of international athletics has been jailed for two years by a French court after being found guilty of taking millions of pounds in bribes to cover up positive drugs tests by Russian athletes. Lamine Diack, 87, who ran athletics for 16 years until he was succeeded by… Read More

Big European states call for cryptocurrency curbs to protect consumers

Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands called on the European Commission to draw up strict regulation for asset-backed cryptocurrencies such as stablecoins to protect consumers and preserve state sovereignty in monetary policy. The finance ministers of the five European Union member states said in a joint statement on Friday… Read More

How to run a criminal network in a pandemic

“Promo Offer!” flashed up the advertisement on a Scottish vendor’s WhatsApp story, offering a discount on your next purchase if you referred five more customers. The updated price list offered further discounts for bulk buys. There was also a reminder to get orders in early, as, because of lockdown restrictions,… Read More
27th August 2020
The UN on Tuesday dismissed a controversial bid by the United States to reimpose all international sanctions against Iran, laying bare the differences between Washington and other members of the Security Council on Iran policy. The council presidency, held by Indonesia since in August, said it was “not in a… Read More
25th August 2020
The federal prosecutor’s office in Brussels has opened a criminal investigation into the Swiss bank Credit Suisse, in particular the dealings of 2,600 Belgian clients suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to evade taxes. “A criminal investigation has been opened against Credit Suisse for money laundering and unlawfully acting as… Read More
27th July 2020
A few years ago, the biggest banks in one of the richest corners of the globe were adding thousands of jobs to a department that suddenly seemed more important than most others: compliance. But with headcount growing more than 10-fold in some cases, those same jobs are now at risk. Read More
27th July 2020
A lawyer at one of the UK’s most prestigious law firms has been accused of relaying an offer of a £1m “bribe” to police officers as part of a bizarre plot to release €300m (£274m) hidden in a Swiss bank account, according to court transcripts obtained by the Guardian. Mike… Read More
24th July 2020
By Eli Moskowitz, OCCRP, 23 July 2020 OCCRP – As Argentina has been renegotiating its US$65 billion debt with foreign creditors, it is also grappling with the fact that up to six times that amount is believed to be held by its citizens and companies offshore. Repatriating a portion… Read More
20th July 2020
A co-founder of Boohoo has been running a fast-fashion brand with two associates who were investigated over accusations of links to organised crime and money laundering. Jalal Kamani, 60, now runs the I Saw it First women’s wear website and has been connected to a factory in Leicester at… Read More
17th July 2020
UBS will no longer be informed or be able to contest customer data the Swiss tax authorities hand over to counterparties in France investigating alleged tax avoidance, a Swiss court said on Wednesday. Switzerland’s Federal Administrative Court upheld a decision to revoke UBS’s position as a party to the arrangements over… Read More
16th July 2020
The U.S. is moving toward sanctions against energy companies involved in Russian pipelines to Europe and Turkey, escalating a threat to punish allies for pursuing projects that the U.S. argues will only benefit Russia. As Europe’s domestic gas supplies decline, the region is becoming more dependent on imported fuel. The… Read More
13th July 2020
Last month, more allegations emerged surrounding the Congolese presidential family’s ill-gotten gains. In Florida, US federal prosecutors took steps to seize a Miami penthouse of Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, son of Republic of Congo’s president, a sitting member of parliament and former powerful figure in the national oil company, SNPC. Read More
9th July 2020
Global Witness and the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) said they condemn a criminal complaint filed against them in France by Afriland First Bank, a Cameroonian financial institution named in the Undermining Sanctions investigation. “For two of the principal subjects of our report to threaten or file… Read More