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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Chinese scientist found guilty of trade secret theft

A judge in San Francisco has convicted a former employee of a US technology company for stealing trade secrets to set up a rival company producing mobile phone components in China.

Harvard professor’s trial should crystallise US message to universities

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

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

DOJ watching for economic espionage linked to coronavirus vaccine research

The Justice Department is closely monitoring cyber intrusions at US institutions that are researching a cure for the coronavirus, according to a senior prosecutor.

DOJ official: Private-sector tip-offs fuelling economic espionage cases

The Justice Department’s counterintelligence chief has said the pursuit of economic espionage has been greatly aided by cooperation from the US private sector.

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Corporate executives seldom face punishment in US sanctions cases

Corporate executives seldom face punishment in US sanctions cases

The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has been prolific in penalising companies for sanctions violations but doesn’t appear to have the same appetite for pursuing individuals.

Dutch sanctions probe into Crimea bridge project nears end

Dutch sanctions probe into Crimea bridge project nears end

The Netherlands’ lead sanctions prosecutor spoke to GIR about its major investigation, the uptick in enforcement and how her team wants to work with the private sector.

The DC sanctions lawyers to have on speed dial

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The specialists to call for sanctions investigations and enforcement.

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