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In bed with a dictator’s daughter — again

By Ola Westerberg, Joachim Dyfvermark and Sven Bergman, OCCRP, 16 September 2020 OCCRP – The tall Swede was insistent as he spoke to journalists and analysts in his characteristically deep, rumbling voice: “I have said it before and I will repeat it: TeliaSonera did not bribe anyone.” Lars Nyberg,… Read More

Dutch launch criminal probe, freeze assets of Isabel dos Santos-linked firm

Dutch prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into how a company owned by Sindika Dokolo, the husband of billionaire Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, managed to acquire a lucrative shareholding in the Portuguese oil and gas firm, Galp. The Public Prosecution Service has also frozen the assets of the company,… 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
26th August 2020
By Douwe den Held, InSight Crime, 24 August 2020 InSightCrime – Authorities in the Netherlands are discovering more cocaine processing facilities, but the dismantling of the largest one to date, staffed by Colombian workers, marks a new chapter for the country. In mid-August, a raid in the northern town… Read More
19th August 2020
Countries have long fought financial crime by relying on banks to identify and report suspicious transactions. But the system is largely ineffective, financial crime experts say, because it rarely provides useful real-time feedback—a reality that is giving way to a more collaborative approach. For around the past five years, governments… Read More
13th August 2020
When, in early July, detectives discovered a secret torture chamber halfway between the giant ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam, it made a grim kind of sense that the room had been built in an old shipping container. The extreme gang violence that has been unravelling over the past decade… Read More
10th August 2020
In March, Interpol revealed details of a criminal scheme involving compromised emails, advance-payment fraud and money laundering across Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. The case involved two sales companies in Zurich and Hamburg, contracted by German health authorities to procure face masks, that were duped into making payments to what… 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
10th July 2020
Dutch banks ING (INGA.AS), ABN Amro (ABNd.AS) and Rabobank said on Wednesday they would join forces in the fight against money laundering by sharing transaction data. Together with the smaller Volksbank and Triodos Bank, the three largest Dutch banks said they would establish an agency to monitor all… Read More
9th July 2020
A Dutch court on Wednesday said it wanted to question the Dutch bank ING and its former chief executive Ralph Hamers, now heading for UBS, to determine whether to reopen a case that led to ING being fined for lax prevention of money laundering. ING, the largest bank in the… Read More
1st July 2020
A group of 175 legal scholars and lawyers specializing in international law have urged President Trump to rescind his authorization of sanctions and visa denials for International Criminal Court staff members investigating war crimes in Afghanistan, including those allegedly committed by U.S. forces. In a statement sent to the White… Read More
11th June 2020
The 35-year-old man who was arrested last month in connection with one of the biggest money laundering cases in the Netherlands was identified as a recently homeless person originally from the country of Georgia. The case uncovered last month had police stumbling upon 12.6 million euros in cash hidden… Read More
22nd May 2020
A plan to boost European Union powers to curb the flow of dirty money through banks faced resistance at an EU meeting from member states recently hit by major money-laundering and financial fraud scandals, three officials told Reuters. The EU is discussing how to strengthen its scrutiny of the financial… Read More