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Deutsche Bank Will Pay $125 Million Over Bribery Violations

The German lender will enter a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve charges stemming from its attempts to win business in several countries. For nearly seven years it seemed like a good way to drum up business for Deutsche Bank: pay millions of dollars to consultants in countries like Saudi Arabia,… Read More

OFAC fines Saudi-based NCB for violations of sanctions on Sudan, Syria

The United States has reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank over the NCB’s violations of US sanctions against Syria and Sudan, the US Treasury Department announced in a Monday release. The Treasury statement said:“The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced… Read More

Muslim Brotherhood suspect and Saudi billionaire linked to same offshore companies, Austrian report says

By Scilla Alecci, ICIJ, 8 December 2020 ICIJーOne of 30 people in Austria suspected to be members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Muslim Brotherhood was the director of offshore companies linked to a Saudi billionaire, according to an investigation by Austrian media outlets profil and… Read More
3rd December 2020
EU envoys agreed on Wednesday on a new mechanism to punish human rights abuses around the world by targeting people regardless of their nationality or their location, two diplomats said. Pushed by the Netherlands, as well as the United States, the European Union will now be able to freeze assets… Read More
9th November 2020
Juan Carlos, Spain’s exiled king, has been linked to an investigation into the transfer of millions of euros from an offshore account, part of a third corruption inquiry into his finances. Attempts to transfer funds from an active account registered in Jersey, a tax haven, were recently detected by Spain’s… Read More
5th November 2020
Juan Carlos, Spain’s exiled and disgraced former king, is facing a corruption investigation in connection with credit cards linked to secret offshore accounts. The country’s attorney-general issued a statement confirming that it had instructed supreme court prosecutors to investigate the allegations hours after eldiario.es, an online newspaper, reported a state… Read More
26th October 2020
By Lawrence Marzouk and Stevan Dojčinović, OCCRP, 23 October 2020 OCCRP – A Cypriot shell firm accused of funnelling bribes on behalf of a notorious Serbian weapons dealer deposited $1.7 million into a secretive trust fund set up for a prominent Saudi, leaked bank records show. That fund’s Qatari… Read More
26th October 2020
Washington imposed sanctions on Friday on a Russian research institute tied to the development of a dangerous computer program capable of causing catastrophic industrial damage, a move that Russia called illegitimate. The U.S. Treasury Department alleged that the Russian government-backed Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics – also… Read More
7th October 2020
A Saudi chief justice and seven other judges are being prosecuted for bribery, money laundering and influence peddling, in the latest crackdown on high-profile offenders in the Saudi Arabia, local media reported. A hearing was held to try the chief justice, charged with receiving a bribe, money laundering and abusing… Read More
30th September 2020
Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has confirmed that his government is open to the possibility of imposing sanctions against officials involved in Hong Kong’s affairs under its Global Human Rights (GHR) regime. In a letter to an MP this month, Raab condemned the disqualification of 12 pro-democracy hopefuls from standing… Read More
18th September 2020
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has moved to seize $330m (£256m) held in the bank account of a major London law firm which prosecutors allege is derived from the proceeds of one of the world’s largest financial frauds. The DoJ has filed civil forfeiture proceedings against funds… Read More
2nd September 2020
AP – Saudi Arabia’s top military commander in its yearslong war in Yemen and his prince son have been removed from their posts along with other officials as part of an anti-corruption investigation, the kingdom said early Tuesday. The announcement attributed the actions to a referral by Saudi Crown… Read More
26th August 2020
A country estate in a Shropshire hamlet is at the centre of an international scandal involving the Spanish royal family, mysterious offshore companies and secret agents. Chyknell Hall near Bridgnorth has taken centre stage in the drama thanks to its prominent yet elusive resident, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, the one-time… Read More