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Belgravia property linked to Juan Carlos inquiry

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

Allegations over offshore funds swirl around Spain’s former king

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

Saudi company sues Natwest over ‘$5m scam’

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
13th July 2020
By Adam Bychawski, openDemocracy, 10 July 2020 openDemocracy — MPs and anti-corruption campaigners have warned that the British government’s proposed ‘Magnitsky-style’ sanctions regime is not enough to tackle money laundering amid fears that Britain has become a ‘global hub for financial crime’. On Monday, the UK imposed sanctions against 49… Read More
10th July 2020
The Kremlin has said it will impose retaliatory sanctions on the UK after Dominic Raab announced Magnitsky Act-style measures against individuals in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea. Britain’s post-Brexit sanctions, which are designed to stop the laundering of “blood money”, targeted 20 Saudis and 25… Read More
8th July 2020
The UK is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years. Individuals implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 will have their UK assets frozen and banned from entering the country. And Saudi Arabian officials involved in… Read More
6th July 2020
Britain will later impose sanctions independently for the first time on dozens of individuals accused of human rights abuses around the world. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will launch the government’s new post-Brexit sanctions regime by naming the first violators to have their assets frozen. In the past, Britain has almost… 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
14th May 2020
By Sara Farolfi, OCCRP, 13 May 2020 OCCRP — A senior member of the Saudi royal family and government adviser arranged citizenship for himself and six family members through Cyprus’ controversial “Golden Visa” program, according to a document obtained by OCCRP. Prince Saud bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al Saud applied… Read More
7th May 2020
The European Commission aims to intensify its scrutiny of states posing money-laundering risks, and is looking into creating a new body to help police financial crime and monitor banks more strictly, draft documents seen by Reuters show. One document, expected to be published on Thursday, adds Panama and other countries… 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
30th April 2020
The uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad is reported to have a European fortune that includes two Paris townhouses — one of them 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) — a stud farm, a chateau and more than 500 properties in Spain. A former Syrian vice president and military leader,… 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