17th July 2020
A unit of a U.K. tobacco firm agreed to pay a $666,000 penalty to resolve criminal charges that it facilitated sales to North Korea, in the first such case against a company for violating U.S. sanctions on Pyongyang. The United Arab Emirates-based Essentra FZE Co. Ltd., which is a subsidiary… 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
16th July 2020
In early May, border force officers at the UK’s bustling Dover port intercepted a shipment described as “medical supplies”, apparently addressed to a London hospital. However, concealed under medical dry ice, police found more than a quarter of a tonne of cocaine, carrying a street value of as much as… Read More
16th July 2020
A long-awaited advisory from the US’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has changed the rules of the game for maritime trade. The sanctions regulator – which sits within the Department of the Treasury and has the power to hand out multi-billion dollar fines to entities anywhere in the world… Read More
15th July 2020
By Will Neal, OCCRP, 13 July 2020 OCCRP – The recent record-breaking shipment of amphetamines seized by Italian authorities may not have been manufactured by terrorist group ISIS, as was first believed, but by the Syrian regime itself. On July 1, OCCRP reported that police in the Italian… Read More
15th July 2020
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
14th July 2020
A Saudi engineering business that claims it was tricked into sending $5 million to a Natwest bank account at a branch in south London is suing the British lender in the High Court. Tecnimont Arabia, which is a subsidiary of Italy’s Maire Tecnimont, is bringing legal action against the division… Read More
14th July 2020
Ten Kuwaiti social media influencers are on the radars of the Kuwaiti state security agency after their bank accounts showed massively inflated balance, Kuwaiti media reported. “Kuwait’s Public Prosecution has received ten complaints against five influencers after their bank accounts dramatically inflated and summons warrants will be issued once state… Read More
13th July 2020
A Russian-Syrian business network has been accused of using Moscow front companies, tax havens in British overseas territories and European countries to transfer millions of dollars around the world for the Assad regime. The network, run by a Russian-Syrian businessman called Mudalal Khouri and his brothers, is said to have… Read More
13th July 2020
Sheikh Sabah Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah, son of the former prime minister, and his business partner Hamad Al Wazzan, were arrested on Wednesday night for money laundering related to the Malaysian fund case, known as the 1MBD scandal, Al Qabas reported. Attorney General Dharar Al Asousi issued a warrant… Read More