France
6th April 2021
A sophisticated human trafficking network dismantled in Colombia, illustrates a pattern in how Venezuelan citizens, particularly women, are recruited. On March 27, Colombian authorities managed to arrest and indict members of an organized criminal group (Grupo de Delincuencia Organizado – GDO) known as “Los PEP,” who… Read More
23rd March 2021
French prosecutors and lawyers for the government said UBS Group AG should be ordered to pay 3 billion euros ($3.6 billion) — 33% less than the original judgment — for allegedly helping French clients hide money from the nation’s tax authorities. Prosecutor Serge Roques asked a Paris court of… Read More
19th March 2021
A company newly sanctioned by the U.S. over Alexei Navalny’s poisoning attack is tied to the money-laundering network that Natalia Veselnitskaya tried to cover up at the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to financial records obtained by The Daily Beast. Now we know why Vladimir Putin was so… Read More
19th March 2021
The European Union has frozen plans to blacklist more senior executives at Turkey’s state-owned Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), four diplomats said, in the clearest sign that a diplomatic offensive by Ankara this year is bearing fruit. EU leaders in December had proposed asset freezes and travel bans over Turkey’s “unauthorised… Read More
17th March 2021
By Tom Warren, BuzzFeed News, 16 March 2021 BuzzFeed News — It looked like a major windfall for Nigeria’s taxpayers, more than half of whom were living in “absolute poverty.” Two giant energy companies were offering more than $1 billion to drill oil on a strip… Read More
17th March 2021
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial Wednesday over claims of illicit financing for his failed 2012 re-election bid, just two weeks after a landmark conviction for corruption. On March 1, the 66-year-old became France‘s first post-war president to be sentenced to prison when he was given a… Read More
10th March 2021
France may soon join just a handful of countries, including the United States and Switzerland, with far-reaching legislation aimed to repatriate confiscated stolen assets to their countries of origin. A luxury townhouse on Avenue Foch — one of Paris’ chicest addresses — is caught up in a yearslong legal battle… Read More
10th March 2021
Foreign crime gangs have switched to smuggling people across the Channel because it is so profitable, a National Crime Agency (NCA) chief has warned. Miles Bonfield, head of organised immigration crime operations, said Kurdish and west Balkans gangs had moved into trafficking migrants in small boats in the past year… Read More
10th March 2021
By Lara Dihmis, OCCRP, 9 March 2021 OCCRP — A Tunisian court sentenced the brother-in-law of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to 10 years in prison for corruption, but he is unlikely to serve his sentence back home as France is refusing to extradite… Read More
8th March 2021
An Italian mafia boss who was allegedly claiming unemployment benefit in Spain has been arrested on the Costa del Sol. Giuseppe Refrigeri, believed to be a leader of the Banda della Marranella, which controls the drugs traffic in Rome, was seen at an unemployment office in Estepona. Police said that… Read More