20th April 2021
By Besar Likmeta, Edmond Hoxhaj and Perparim Isufi, BIRN, 20 April 2021 BIRN – At first glance, Michigan resident Ylli Didani was a successful businessman with stakes in companies in the United States, Albania and Kosovo, where he enjoyed a business relationship with a former security aide… Read More
19th April 2021
Italy’s most dangerous mafia clan has moved into Tuscany, buying businesses, dumping toxic waste in streams and using it to lay the foundation for roads through one of Italy’s most verdant regions, prosecutors claim. The ’Ndrangheta mafia from Calabria in southern Italy is accused of corrupting Tuscan politicians, winning public… Read More
12th April 2021
At 5am on a chilly Tuesday morning last month, 1,600 police officers and balaclava-wearing special forces, bristling with arms and battering rams, were ordered into action around the Belgian port city of Antwerp. More than 200 addresses were raided in what was the largest police operation ever conducted in the… Read More
29th March 2021
Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Sunday ordered the suspension of the head of the ports authority over corruption allegations, continuing her late predecessor’s anti-graft drive. Observers have been keen to see signs of policy direction from Hassan, who was sworn in on March 19 after John Magufuli died,… Read More
25th March 2021
“Every piece of pipeline equipment tells its own story,” is the slogan on the website of the Italian company Nuova Patavium. This motto is particularly apt considering this firm recently equipped a Russian vessel used in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. DW asks, what if that story… Read More
25th March 2021
On a sunny, early morning in January, the oil tanker New Konk moved into a shipyard in China’s Fujian province for repairs. It was an otherwise routine event, but for two details. First, the ship’s operators transmitted a false ship name, a deceptive practice often used to disguise a vessel’s… Read More
19th March 2021
A major global analysis of the means by which money from the illegal wildlife trade flows round the world highlights how criminals routinely use common financial mechanisms and basic fraud to profit from illicit animal and plant products. Using more than 40 wildlife crime cases from… Read More
19th March 2021
Financial crime authorities are upping efforts to tackle trade-based money laundering (TBML), urging lenders to watch for complex corporate structures or trade flows, circular payment arrangements and inconsistencies in documentation. The warnings feature in new guidance from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an influential global standards-setting body. The document… Read More
17th March 2021
A Cleveland, Ohio-based manufacturer failed to take steps in response to “multiple apparent warning signs” about its European trade partners, which exported the company’s goods to Iran, according to a settlement announced Monday by the U.S. Treasury Department. UniControl Inc., which produces controls, airflow pressure switches, boiler controls and other… Read More
16th March 2021
Imagine for a moment the world of organized crime in Southeast Asia, and you may picture meth labs, human-trafficking rings, or the billion-dollar trade in endangered species. But lately law enforcement has noticed the oddest of goods circulating in the underworld: plastic junk such as bottles, candy wrappers and… Read More