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The UK has been linked to Congo’s ‘conflict minerals’ – where are the criminal charges?

According to the Swiss federal criminal court last week, the corruption destroying the Democratic Republic of the Congo – where devastating conflicts over minerals used in our electronics have killed more than six million people – is inextricably linked to the UK, Gibraltar and Switzerland. It was… Read More

Westpac accuses Forum and Papas of 100 frauds

Westpac alleges colourful soccer identity Bill Papas and his company Forum Finance orchestrated more than 100 allegedly fraudulent transactions that siphoned off over $340 million from the bank during a near three-year period. The details of the extent of Mr Papas’s fraud were detailed in a statement of claim filed… Read More

Italy investigates Blackstone-owned LIA insurer over tax evasion allegations -sources

Milan prosecutors are investigating Lombard International Assurance (LIA), a Luxembourg-based insurer owned by U.S. fund Blackstone, due to allegations of tax evasion and money laundering, two judicial sources said. Newspaper Sole 24 Ore had reported the investigation on Wednesday and the judicial sources confirmed the details of the report. The… Read More
22nd July 2021
Slovenia now risks court action unless it rapidly appoints two prosecutors to the recently-established EU watchdog tasked to fight financial crimes. “We will think about a possible procedure before the court,” EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders said on Tuesday (20 July). Slovenia is currently at the helm of the rotating… Read More
22nd July 2021
Accountants, lawyers and real estate agents are being lured to the “dark side” by organised crime bosses. Crime and Corruption Commission chair Alan MacSporran said he had hoped high-profile charges in recent years against individual lawyers would be a significant deterrent to others against wrongdoing. But Mr MacSporran said it… Read More
21st July 2021
Seven people have been arrested in an operation that police think may have “significantly disrupted” a people smuggling network which moved hundreds of Albanian migrants to the UK illegally. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the network’s alleged ringleader was among those who were detained in a series of raids… Read More
21st July 2021
The Investigative Committee (SK) website has a video showing extravagant interiors in a huge mansion, among many properties raided. Col Alexei Safonov, head of traffic police in the southern Stavropol region, was arrested with six others. Traffic police allegedly took bribes for issuing fake permits to businesses. The permits allegedly… Read More
21st July 2021
When Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency in 2016 he famously vowed to “drain the swamp” in Washington — including the machinery that spins around the Capitol each day trying to influence policy making. Turns out the swamp got even murkier. Trump brought a transactional approach to the White House. Read More
21st July 2021
EU policymakers proposed a new agency on Tuesday to stop financial firms aiding criminals and terrorists after a scandal at a Danish bank highlighted the inadequacy of the bloc’s defences. Europe came under pressure to step up enforcement of its anti-money laundering rules when several countries began… Read More
21st July 2021
A Kaunas-based company has breached EU sanctions and supplied equipment for the construction of power plants in Russian-annexed Crimea, LRT Investigation Team reports. Water filtration systems from Lithuania were used in the construction of thermal power plants in Crimea, data collected by LRT Investigation Team and Scanner project, a Russian… Read More
20th July 2021
A prosecutor in Lebanon has summoned central bank chief Riad Salameh for questioning next month over corruption allegations, a judicial source said on Monday. Mr Salameh, one of world’s longest-serving central bank governors, is facing a series of allegations, including from Switzerland, France and Britain, over suspicions of money laundering,… Read More
20th July 2021
Ireland won’t be able to host a new EU anti-money laundering agency unless it does more to police suspicious transactions at home, MEP Billy Kelleher has said. The European Commission will today table proposals for a new body to coordinate anti-money laundering (AML) efforts across the bloc and directly regulate… Read More
20th July 2021
National Australia Bank has been accused of frustrating investigations by rival bank Westpac into an alleged $400 million fraud orchestrated by colourful soccer identity Bill Papas due to its long-standing relationship Forum Finance. News of the bad blood between the two banks came as Mr Papas’ business… Read More