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Who’s buying Vanuatu’s passports? Crypto moguls, wanted men and even a prime minister

What links an Italian broker accused of extorting the Vatican, South African brothers accused of absconding with bitcoin worth more than $3bn from their investors and a disgraced Turkish banking mogul who served time for harbouring his nephew after a murder? They all recently became citizens of… Read More

EU warns anyone judged to be delaying Libya elections will risk sanctions

The EU has warned that anyone judged to be delaying elections in Libya beyond the planned date of 24 December will be at risk of sanctions, ahead of an important meeting of foreign ministers intended to tighten the screw on those obstructing either elections or the… Read More

Greek Captagon Bust Leads to a Criminal Gang and the Port at the Heart of Syria’s Booming New Drug Trade

By Ahmed Eid Ashour, Sameh Ellaboudy, Maher Shaeri and Cecilia Anesi, OCCRP, 16 June 2021 OCCRP — On the evening of December 2, 2018, the cargo ship Noka set sail from the Syrian port of Latakia, bound for eastern Libya. The vessel was packed with goods sent… Read More
25th May 2021
The war for Tripoli and the pandemic did not trigger an increase in migrant departures from Libya, as southern European states feared, but traffickers continued making money off migration by exploiting people in detention centres. According to research by the Geneva-based NGO Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, despite the… Read More
3rd May 2021
A leading university with a history of accepting donations linked to dictatorships has taken hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash for student fees despite money-laundering risks. The London School of Economics, one of the world’s best arts and social science universities, was forced under freedom of information laws to… Read More
14th April 2021
Libyan authorities have released a man described as one of the world’s most wanted human traffickers, who was placed under sanctions by the UN security council for being directly involved in the sinking of migrant boats. The coastguard commander Abd al-Rahman Milad, known by his alias Bija, is suspected of… Read More
30th March 2021
An alleged fuel smuggler paid a hefty FIAU fine issued to his accountant who stands charged with money laundering, a court heard on Monday. Auditor Chris Baldacchino stands accused of having been the brains behind the laundering of illicit funds for an organised crime group allegedly involved in a €30million… Read More
4th March 2021
The legitimacy of Libya’s new interim prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, has been thrown into doubt by a UN inquiry finding that he allegedly gained power after his supporters offered bribes as high as $200,000 to attract votes. His supporters allegedly offered the money in a hotel in Tunis where… Read More
22nd February 2021
A new report out today by international NGO, Global Witness, says Libya appears to be losing millions of dollars a year through fraudulent use of its Letters of Credit (LC) system, run by the Tripoli Central Bank of Libya. The report says these deals are passing through correspondent banks in… Read More
25th November 2020
Former footballers Darren Debono and Jeffrey Chetcuti have spent the night in prison after police carried out a nationwide anti-smuggling sting operation. Law enforcement sources confirmed that a number of raids were carried out between Monday and the early hours of Tuesday morning targeting Debono and a number of his… Read More
23rd November 2020
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career. Prosecutors allege Sarkozy offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for judge… Read More
23rd November 2020
Russia on Friday stopped a U.N. Security Council committee from blacklisting a Libyan militia group and its leader for human rights abuses because it said it wanted to see more evidence first that they had killed civilians. The United States and Germany proposed that the council’s… Read More