25th May 2021
EU leaders triggered new economic sanctions against Belarus and punitive measures against its national airline as a dissident taken from a “hijacked” Ryanair flight was paraded on the country’s television news apparently confessing to crimes against the state. In a summit communique swiftly agreed in Brussels on Monday night,… Read More
13th May 2021
EU member states are to share a database of ships believed to be involved in criminal activity after taking on board the idea first proposed by Malta. Last year, Malta suggested the setting up of a single database of vessels involved in illicit activities to help countries make informed decisions… Read More
10th May 2021
Police and customs officers in Spain have arrested 17 people and seized half a tonne of saffron after breaking up a gang that allegedly imported the spice from Iran, bulked it out and sold it as a much-prized Spanish variety. The arrests came at the end… Read More
7th May 2021
Wall Street firms have urged the Biden administration to ease the industry’s burden in complying with a flood of financial sanctions the U.S. has levied in recent years as a primary tool of foreign policy toward Russia, China, Iran and other adversaries. Financial services industry groups have asked for more… Read More
6th May 2021
Guatemala has asked the United States for support in fighting drug cartel money-laundering that the Central American country sees as a key source of corruption, Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo said, as Washington ramps up a focus on graft in the region. The government of President Joe Biden has put the… Read More
5th May 2021
The shipping container raised suspicions as soon as it arrived in remote northwestern Laos last July. Paperwork showed it was packed with 72 tons worth of blue vats filled with propionyl chloride, a relatively obscure chemical, and bound for an area in northern Myanmar notorious for the industrial-scale manufacturing of… Read More
5th May 2021
The U.K. prosecutor has closed an investigation into individuals over bribery at Airbus SE, according to a person familiar with the matter, after a settlement last year saw the planemaker pay a record $4 billion. Airbus reached a deal with British, French and U.S. prosecutors after a four-year… Read More
30th April 2021
The National Crime Agency is warning that organised crime groups may target the UK maritime industry to obtain small boats for people smugglers. The alert warns that since global Covid-19 lockdown measures were imposed in March 2020 the number of migrants attempting to enter the UK using small boats has… Read More
28th April 2021
A row has broken out between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia over a haul of millions of amphetamine pills smuggled in a shipment of pomegranates. Lebanon appealed to Saudi Arabia this week to lift a ban on imports of fruit and vegetables, which have become an important source of hard currency… Read More
20th April 2021
By David Klein, OCCRP, 19 April 2021 OCCRP— The Italian mafia is no longer just a violent gang running local rackets and smuggling drugs, but has mastered complex financial operations that can impact the country’s economy, experts said following a massive bust of money laundering operations run… Read More