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Botched Iran case adds to woes of SDNY, office upended by Barr

The story line seems familiar. U.S. prosecutors win a significant conviction. Then evidence emerges that suggests possible misconduct by investigators, and the prosecution asks the judge to dismiss the charges. It happened to Michael Flynn, the onetime Trump aide who’s on the verge of walking away from his guilty pleas. Read More

Cybercrime: Nigeria Police, Interpol Arrest Three Suspects In Edo

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja, have arrested three suspects over advance fee fraud, money laundering and romance scam. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. He said the suspects… Read More

Turkey’s Halkbank to seek removal of U.S. judge in Iran sanctions case

Halkbank will ask the U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case accusing it of helping Iran evade American sanctions to recuse himself, a lawyer for the Turkish bank said on Tuesday. The lawyer, Robert Cary, notified U.S. District Judge Richard Berman of Halkbank’s intention at a hearing, without providing a reason. Read More
30th June 2020
By RFE/RL, OCCRP, Bellingcat and Kloop, 29 June 2020 OCCRP – A charitable foundation run by Kyrgyzstan’s politically powerful Matraimov family received much more money than previously known from an underground network that laundered a vast fortune out of the country, according to newly revealed bank records. The questionable funds represent… Read More
11th June 2020
A federal judge indicated prosecutors could face disciplinary action for allegedly failing to turn over evidence in a case that led to the conviction of an Iranian man on money-laundering and sanctions violations charges. The comments from Judge Alison Nathan came in response to a Friday request by the top… Read More
5th June 2020
The U.S. and other powers are investigating suspected efforts by Libyan militia leader Khalifa Haftar to raise funds through oil deals, including with Emirati brokers and Venezuela, according to U.S., European and Libyan officials. The United Nations and the official Libyan government are probing a Dubai-based ship charterer for possibly… Read More
16th April 2020
By Ana Poenariu (RISE Romania), OCCRP, 15 April 2020 OCCRP — In late March, a shipment arrived in Romania of a million medical masks — desperately needed goods for a country facing the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. But relief soon turned to disappointment for medical staff on the front line. Read More
16th April 2020
İlker Aycı, then-president of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) and current Turkish Airlines (THY) board chairman, facilitated the investments and private businesses of one-time al-Qaeda financier Yasin al-Qadi, confidential documents have revealed. According to a wiretap authorized by a Turkish court as part of a corruption… Read More
14th April 2020
A former banker at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. arranged for millions of dollars in bribes to be paid to government officials in Ghana to help a client win a power-plant contract, U.S. regulators said Monday in a civil lawsuit. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that Asante Berko, a… Read More
2nd April 2020
U.K. authorities have fined Standard Chartered PLC for violating sanctions that the European Union imposed on Russia following its annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014. The British bank must pay £20.47 million ($25.41 million) for violating the EU’s sanctions against Russia, the U.K. Treasury’s Office of… Read More
1st April 2020
Not even a pandemic’s relentless spread could stop the prosecution of Turkey’s state-run Halkbank, which pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a record-breaking money-laundering scheme. “First of all, welcome everybody,” said U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, greeting listeners across the globe who called in this morning for the extraordinary hearing. “We… Read More
31st March 2020
Rising numbers of Iranians are using a sanctions-busting scheme to buy property in Turkey and claim citizenship. Using a network of money transfer offices, mostly in Istanbul, they are able to move funds out of accounts in Iran, even though US embargoes have severed the country’s banks from international payment… Read More
23rd March 2020
As Turkey grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the March 17 arrest of Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mubariz Mansimov Gurbanoglu failed to draw the attention it deserves. Gurbanoglu was arrested on terrorism charges, part of what he alleges is a web of collusion between global energy giants and Turkish prosecutors. Gurbanoglu, 52, was a former ally… Read More