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Spain’s ex-PM Rajoy to be investigated in case of Andorran bank and ‘American friend’

A court in the small European country of Andorra is to investigate former Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy and some members of his government in relation to coercion accusations, in a case which stretches all the way to the US government. The Andorran judiciary has accepted the complaint, filed by the… 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

Switzerland’s PDVSA rinsing problem

Swiss banks first surfaced as handlers of illicit Venezuelan oil money in 2016, when U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara sought records from more than 18 of them on of bribery at PDVSA, a state-owned oil and natural gas company. Precisely two weeks later, Switzerland’s financial regulator built its annual meeting… Read More
26th August 2020
A country estate in a Shropshire hamlet is at the centre of an international scandal involving the Spanish royal family, mysterious offshore companies and secret agents. Chyknell Hall near Bridgnorth has taken centre stage in the drama thanks to its prominent yet elusive resident, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, the one-time… 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
24th August 2020
OCCRP – Since the devastating explosion of a store of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port on August 4, Lebanese citizens have taken to the streets in shock, outrage, and grief. Above all, they have demanded answers: Where did the nearly 3,000 tons of explosive chemicals come from, and who… Read More
5th August 2020
When Spain’s royal palace announced Monday that former Spanish King Juan Carlos was leaving the country, it omitted a key detail. Where exactly had he gone? On Monday, several media outlets reported the former king had traveled to the Portuguese town of Cascais, where he spent parts of… Read More
4th August 2020
AP — It was 2014 and Venezuela’s former treasurer Claudia Díaz was looking for a safe haven to store the unexplained wealth she had accumulated over the years. Then-president Hugo Chávez, who she once served as a nurse, had recently died and with the election of Nicolás Maduro, the nation’s… Read More
22nd July 2020
A Swiss prosecutor leading a money-laundering inquiry into secret offshore accounts linked to the former king of Spain is investigating the source of funds used by his former lover to buy a £5.5 million house in London. The Eaton Square property was purchased by Corinna Sayn-Wittgenstein with money transferred… Read More
21st July 2020
The former King of Spain is facing the growing prospect of a trial for money laundering after allegations that a secret Swiss bank account was used to pay for his holiday in Tahiti. Juan Carlos flew to the South Pacific island for a nine-day stay in January 2016. In October… Read More
20th July 2020
A seven-and-a-half-year investigation into the origins of a fortune amassed by former Catalan premier Jordi Pujol has ended, bringing him, his wife and their seven children closer to standing trial for money laundering and other crimes. Judge José de la Mata of Spain’s High Court (Audiencia Nacional) on Thursday recommended… Read More
16th July 2020
Damaging allegations over the financial arrangements of Spain’s former king Juan Carlos have placed the royal family under unprecedented scrutiny but are unlikely to result in current or futures monarchs losing their constitutional immunity, according to legal experts. Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son, Felipe, six years ago,… Read More
2nd July 2020
The former chief executive of Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, Emilio Lozoya, has agreed to be extradited from Spain to Mexico to stand trial on corruption charges, Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz said on Tuesday. Lozoya, 45, who was once a close confidant of former President Enrique Peña Nieto,… Read More