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Amazon settles US sanctions probe

Amazon settles US sanctions probe

July 08, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

US online retailer Amazon has agreed to pay $134,523 to settle apparent violations of US sanctions caused by failings in software designed to detect potential dealings with barred individuals.

Visa tries to rope US attorney general into Cuba trafficking lawsuit

Visa tries to rope US attorney general into Cuba trafficking lawsuit

July 08, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

US payment services company Visa has asked Attorney General William Barr to intervene in a lawsuit where it stands accused of trafficking in assets seized by the Cuban government.

UK’s main sanctions enforcer criticised for a lack of transparency

UK’s main sanctions enforcer criticised for a lack of transparency

July 06, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation has taken the unusual step of refusing to identify the senior official responsible for overseeing penalties against those who breach trade restrictions.

Pursuing fugitive co-conspirator pointless after collapsed Iranian sanctions trial

Pursuing fugitive co-conspirator pointless after collapsed Iranian sanctions trial

July 03, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Manhattan prosecutors say it would be wasteful, and potentially unfair, to continue to pursue a junior conspirator in an Iran sanctions case, following catastrophic evidentiary slips that require the office to undergo retraining.

US targets ships en route to Venezuela

US targets ships en route to Venezuela

July 02, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC are attempting to seize the petroleum in four tankers travelling from Iran to Venezuela as the US tries to curtail a burgeoning fuel trade market between the two heavily sanctioned countries.

Halkbank asks for further delays in blockbuster sanctions case

Halkbank asks for further delays in blockbuster sanctions case

June 30, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank has said it will need nearly two years to prepare for a trial over allegations it participated in a vast scheme to launder money and violate US sanctions on Iran.

Convicted smuggler fails to poke holes in conspiracy charges

Convicted smuggler fails to poke holes in conspiracy charges

June 30, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A US appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Texas individual who argued that authorities had insufficient evidence to prove that he intended to illegally smuggle sensitive technology to Cuba.

Harvard professor’s trial should crystallise US message to universities

Harvard professor’s trial should crystallise US message to universities

June 26, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The case is set against a background of increased scrutiny by US authorities on universities’ vulnerability to foreign influence, particularly from China.

Singapore jails North Korean middleman over sanctions-busting scheme

Singapore jails North Korean middleman over sanctions-busting scheme

June 24, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A North Korean national has been convicted and sentenced to prison in Singapore for helping two companies violate UN sanctions on his home country.

US prosecutors secure conviction in Iranian sanctions case

US prosecutors secure conviction in Iranian sanctions case

June 17, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The CEO of an Iran-based financial services company has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a scheme that allowed citizens of the sanctioned Middle Eastern country to make illegal purchases in the US.