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Friday, 10 May 2019

Lucy Frazer QC MP appointed Solicitor General of England and Wales

Conservative MP Lucy Frazer QC MP has been made the Solicitor General of England and Wales, the UK government announced in a 10 May press release.

In her new role, Frazer will oversee the Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. 

The solicitor general can reconsider lenient sentences or act on contempt of court matters. Frazer replaced Robert Buckland on 9 May, according to the statement.

Frazer has previously been the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, according to her government biography.

Temer turns himself in to police over corruption allegations

Brazil’s ex-president Michel Temer surrendered himself to police on 9 May a day after a court ordered his return to prison as part of the Operation Car Wash investigation, according to reports.

Temer, who is accused of taking part in a $464 million bribery scheme involving the Angra 3 nuclear power plant, arrived at the São Paulo federal police headquarters two hours before a deadline.

He was previously arrested in March as part of Operation Car Wash, an investigation into a widespread bribery network involving construction companies and state-controlled oil company Petrobras but released a week later after a court held that the evidence against him did not justify his detention.

Temer denies all wrongdoing.

Swedish cash handling company launches investigation into money laundering allegations

Loomis announced on 8 May that it will conduct an internal investigation into allegations made by a Danish journalist who said money the Swedish cash handling company provided to an exchange office in Denmark was used in a money laundering scheme. 

The journalist from Denmark’s TV2 made the allegations during Loomis’ annual general meeting, the company said. 

Loomis’s CEO Patrik Andersson told Reuters that the journalist claimed the company was implicated in a 2016 scheme to launder millions of dollars using 500-euro banknotes because it had cooperated with a foreign exchange bureau. 

Loomis said it takes the allegations very seriously and will fully cooperate with authorities. 

Financial companies must bolster money laundering rules, Danish regulator says

Financial institutions in Denmark are not doing enough to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, the country’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) said in a report on 9 May.

In the report, the FSA said it carried out 55 inspections of various financial companies and consistently found eight types of anti-money laundering shortcomings, including insufficient risk assessments, failure to adequately monitor transactions and insufficient assessment of correspondent banks.

Denmark’s largest bank, Danske Bank, is being investigated by Danish authorities for alleged money laundering. Ten former executives from the bank have been charged as part of the probe.

Laptop in Lebanon central in Japanese case against Ghosn

A laptop in Lebanon helped Japanese prosecutors build their case against former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, according to the Financial Times.

The paper reports that without the information on the laptop, prosecutors would have been unable to show how millions of dollars of Nissan money was allegedly diverted from an Omani car distributor to companies owned by Ghosn’s wife and son. 

Japanese prosecutors charged Ghosn with aggravated breach of trust on 22 April for allegedly enriching himself with $5 million of a $10 million payment made to the Omani distributor.

Ghosn, who faces other charges, has denied wrongdoing

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