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Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against U.S. for sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the government would file a legal case in Iran against U.S. officials who imposed sanctions on the country as a precursor to action in international courts. Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television that U.S. sanctions had created difficulties… Read More

UAE on EU tax blacklist because of poor communication, UAE banker says

The European Union’s decision to include the United Arab Emirates on its blacklist of tax havens was caused by “lack of communication” between the EU and the UAE government, the head of the UAE Banks Federation said. European Union governments updated a blacklist of tax havens this week, adding the… Read More

EU updates tax haven blacklist, adds UAE, Bermuda

The European Union has published its updated list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, dubbed the tax haven blacklist, adding ten jurisdictions to the existing five states. The new additions include Bermuda and the UAE. “Those jurisdictions did not implement the commitments they had made to the EU by… Read More
13th March 2019
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) failed to take “reasonable and appropriate” steps to get key documents from Qatar’s U.S. lawyers before a fraud trial of four former Barclays executives, a London criminal court heard on Thursday. The jury was told that Judge Robert Jay had ruled in January on the… Read More
8th March 2019
India wants to keep buying Iranian oil at its current level of about 300,000 barrels per day (bpd), as it negotiates with Washington about extending a waiver of U.S. sanctions past early May, two sources in India with knowledge of the matter said. India has reduced its purchases of Iranian… Read More
7th March 2019
The 28 member states of the European Union all backed a decision on Thursday to reject a proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries suspected of being lax on terrorist financing and money laundering. The decision comes after pressure from Riyadh and other… Read More
7th March 2019
Iran hopes a new trade channel with Europe aimed at cushioning the blow of reimposed U.S. sanctions will be working within weeks, its deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday. France, Britain and Germany have set up the new mechanism for non-dollar trade with Iran in response to Washington’s withdrawal from… Read More
4th March 2019
European Union member states unanimously rejected on Friday a proposal to blacklist Saudi Arabia and four U.S. territories for lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, sources told Reuters. Saudi Arabia, a major importer of EU weapons and goods, had lobbied against being branded a “high-risk” country, as had… Read More
28th February 2019
The adoption of a European Union money-laundering blacklist, which includes Saudi Arabia as well as Puerto Rico and three other U.S. territories, could be blocked by EU governments under a procedure launched on Thursday, two EU diplomats told Reuters. Some governments opposed adopting the provisional list on Thursday, triggering a… Read More
28th February 2019
Israel’s attorney-general announced on Thursday he intends to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, a decision coming just six weeks before a closely contested national election. It was the first time a serving Israeli prime minister has been put on official notice of planned prosecution, and deepened uncertainty… Read More
28th February 2019
The United Kingdom’s sanctions enforcer levied a £5,000 monetary penalty against London-based Raphaels Bank, marking the first time the agency has imposed a fine since its creation in 2016. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) imposed the penalty for an unspecified violation of an Egyptian asset freezing order involving a £200… Read More
26th February 2019
An internal investigation by HSBC Holdings PLC into Huawei Technologies’ connections to a suspected front company in Iran found that the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker maintained close financial ties to the firm years after purportedly selling the unit, documents reviewed by Reuters show. Huawei came in late 2016 and 2017… Read More
26th February 2019
The UK will blacklist Hezbollah’s political wing over the group’s alleged role in destabilizing Syria, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced Monday. The move, which requires parliamentarian approval and is expected to take effect as early as Friday, would follow proscriptions of the Shi’ite group’s External Security Organisation in 2001 and… Read More