18th December 2017
CNBC The mystery behind who owns a $300 million French chateau appears to have been solved. Chateau Louis XIV is a 54,000 square foot palace near Versailles which, when sold in 2015, was described by at least two reports as “the world’s most expensive home.” The identity of the buyer… Read More
15th December 2017
Saudi Arabia has high hopes that a campaign of arrests to crack down on corruption will improve its chances of joining the Financial Action Task Force, a global body dedicated to combating illicit money flows. The kingdom, one of only two G20 nations along with Indonesia which is not a… Read More
4th December 2017
By Angelika Gruber, Brenna Hughes, Michael Shields, REUTERS Swiss authorities are reviewing information submitted by banks about potentially suspicious transactions linked to Saudi accounts but have not frozen funds or launched criminal investigations, federal prosecutors said on Monday. They were responding to a report by the Financial Times that cited… Read More
17th November 2017
17 November 2017 By Ahmad Ghaddar, Dmitry Zhdannikov Saudi Arabia’s corruption investigations are linked to a just few individuals and will not hinder investments in the kingdom, its energy minister said on Thursday. Khalid al Falih said the crackdown was way overdue and would also not have any impact on… Read More
13th November 2017
Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty ad Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister last week, says his country faces the risk of sanctions being imposed by Gulf Arab nations because of the Iran-backed Hizballah movement’s activities in Lebanon. Hariri made the comments in a television interview from Saudi Arabia on… Read More
9th November 2017
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister urged the international community to slap fresh sanctions on Iran for its alleged support of terrorism. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of being behind a ballistic missile attack on Saturday. The missile, which was fired by Houthi… Read More
7th November 2017
Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who recently dismissed bitcoin as ‘Enron in the making’, is understood to be among several princes who have been arrested in a Saudi government crackdown on corruption. Alwaleed recently told CNBC “I just don’t believe in this bitcoin thing. I think it’s just… Read More
6th November 2017
BBC A new Saudi anti-corruption body has detained 11 princes, four sitting ministers and dozens of former ministers, media reports say. The detentions came hours after the new committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was formed by royal decree. Those detained were not named. BBC security correspondent Frank… Read More
1st November 2017
Retired Army officer Ian Foxley thought he had found his dream job overseeing a £1.96 billion ($2.6 billion) contract for upgrading defence telecommunications in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Instead, he uncovered what he believed was evidence of a multi-million-pound bribery scheme, and tried to blow the whistle, deciding to flee the… Read More
25th October 2017
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on individuals and an entity which it said were linked to sponsoring terrorism in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued the designations targeting leaders, financiers and facilitators of the Islamic State and al-Qa’ida… Read More