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Wanted for graft, ex-Pemex boss to be extradited to Mexico from Spain

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

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

AP – Victor Stemberger wasn’t about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons. The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues,… Read More

In Daphne murder investigation, money trail leads to Montenegro venture

In the months before her murder in 2017, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was on the trail of an offshore company called 17 Black Limited. She didn’t know who owned the firm, which was registered in the United Arab Emirates. But she was certain it was set up to channel… Read More
17th June 2020
Four ex-employees and executives of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s (ICBC) Madrid branch reached a plea deal with Spanish prosecutors in a money-laundering case and accepted prison terms of between three and five months. The prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday the accused also agreed to pay a fine… Read More
17th June 2020
Police say they have foiled an international criminal drug syndicate allegedly linked to homes and businesses in Western Sydney after combining with law enforcement agencies in seven countries, including the FBI. Five men have been arrested after a seven-year long investigation into large-scale importation and sale of MDMA and ice… Read More
10th June 2020
On the evening of September 21, 2018, police special forces raided a pool hall in the Albanian capital, Tirana, in search of Safet Bajri. Thirty-six-year-old Bajri was among more than a dozen people rounded up that day by police in Tirana, the northern Albanian town of Shkodra and the Dutch… Read More
9th June 2020
The Supreme Court public prosecutor announced on Monday that it will investigate Spain’s emeritus king, Juan Carlos I, in connection with suspected kickback payments for the contract to build the AVE high-speed rail link to Mecca. The probe will focus on the second construction phase of the rail line,… Read More
5th June 2020
Although the Mexican soccer league has cancelled the rest of its season, one of its most acclaimed clubs has remained in the headlines, as three of its directors are being investigated for corruption. On May 29, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera – UIF) froze the accounts… Read More
2nd June 2020
OCCRP—When Eldar Mahmudov fell out of favour with Azerbaijan’s government, he fell hard. In October 2015, the country’s national security minister was dismissed from his powerful role by a presidential order. Within days, wild stories peppered local media outlets about raids on his villa, where police discovered glass jars… Read More
8th May 2020
Gardaí have discovered evidence that Covid-19 payments are being abused by Dublin-based fraudsters involved in money laundering as a part of a wider European network of criminals. Two men have been arrested as part of a Garda inquiry into “money-mule” bank accounts. This is the use by criminals of third… Read More
7th May 2020
Police have arrested 101 people and recovered 19,000 stolen artefacts in an international crackdown on gangs trafficking art stolen from war-stricken countries, museums and archaeological sites, Interpol said Wednesday. The massive operation, carried out in 103 countries, led to seizures of coins from different periods, archaeological objects, ceramics, historical weapons,… Read More
5th May 2020
In 2010, Spain’s emeritus king Juan Carlos I was in Geneva to hand nearly $1.9 million (€1.7 million) – a gift he had allegedly received from the king of Bahrain – to Arturo Fasana, the manager of his Swiss bank account at the private lender Maribaud, according to the latter’s… Read More
1st May 2020
The message from Dubai in late 2018 wasn’t unusual. It’s just part of the day for Alejandro Cao de Benós to open his email and find some intrepid capitalist who wants to do a little business in North Korea. Recently, there was the one from a guy in Hawaii who… Read More