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France’s highest court orders retrial of art-dealing Wildenstein family

France’s highest court has ordered a retrial of members of the art-dealing Wildenstein family who were acquitted of tax fraud in 2018. Guy Wildenstein, a close friend of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, and other family members, known in France as “les W”, were cleared of hiding an estimated €550m… Read More

French investigators to question Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon

AP — A team of French investigators will come to Beirut next month to participate in interrogating former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, a Lebanese justice ministry official said Saturday. The official gave no specific date or details of what information the investigators would seek from Ghosn. Former… Read More

Russian sentenced to French prison for bitcoin laundering

AP — A Russian bitcoin expert at the center of a multi-country legal tussle was sentenced in Paris on Monday to five years in prison for money laundering and ordered to pay 100,000 euros (more than $120,000) in fines in a case of suspected cryptocurrency fraud. A… Read More
3rd December 2020
By Dada Lyndell, OCCRP, 1 December 2020 OCCRP — Ingrid Hernvall was scrolling through Facebook when she saw exciting news. It was a story — laid out just like an article in a proper newspaper — featuring two of Sweden’s biggest television personalities. The two men spoke of a… Read More
30th November 2020
Societe Generale SA was reprimanded by a Swiss court and ordered to give up $150 million deposited by convicted fraudster Allen Stanford that it had fought for nearly a decade to keep. The court ruled that Societe Generale failed to do proper due diligence before accepting Stanford’s money. The… Read More
23rd November 2020
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career. Prosecutors allege Sarkozy offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for judge… Read More
20th October 2020
The United States has threatened to impose sanctions against any individual or entity that contributes to Iran’s conventional weapons program while rejecting the expiration of a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran. The decade-long embargo — which was part of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal that President Donald Trump… Read More
19th October 2020
Iran has announced that it is now free to purchase weapons on the basis of its defense needs, as a United Nations conventional arms embargo imposed on the country expired on Sunday. “Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and… Read More
14th October 2020
AP – An anti-corruption watchdog on Tuesday ranked the United States and United Kingdom as the largest exporters most active at enforcing rules meant to prohibit companies from paying bribes in foreign markets, but said many others are doing next to nothing. Berlin-based Transparency International said only four of… Read More
8th October 2020
Kazakh opposition leader Mukhtar Ablyazov has been charged in Paris with embezzling $7.5 billion in a case brought by Kazakhstan, according to one of his lawyers. Gerard Cholakian said Ablyazov, who was recently granted political asylum in France, was charged with “aggravated abuse of trust” and “money laundering” before he… Read More
6th October 2020
France’s national financial prosecutor’s office has been asked to open an investigation into whether four French-based banks and an investment fund were complicit with Electrogas in laundering the proceeds of corruption. Sherpa, a French association that fights financial crimes, teamed up with the Daphne Caruana Galizia foundation to file the… Read More
5th October 2020
Germany expects the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with an internationally banned nerve agent, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday. Navalny emerged from a coma in early September after suddenly falling ill during a flight in Siberia on… Read More
30th September 2020
AP — French police arrested 29 people around the country on Tuesday in a vast operation to break a complex scheme financing Islamist extremists in Syria through the use of cryptocurrencies. A statement from the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said search warrants are out for the two main figures in the… Read More