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UK court: NCA had “no real prospect of success” in overturning UWO ruling

UK court: NCA had “no real prospect of success” in overturning UWO ruling

19 June 2020

The Court of Appeal in London has denied the National Crime Agency’s attempt to reinstate three unexplained wealth orders on properties allegedly purchased with criminal proceeds by prominent Kazakh nationals.

“Tenacious” NCA to appeal against decision to throw out unexplained wealth orders on London homes

“Tenacious” NCA to appeal against decision to throw out unexplained wealth orders on London homes

08 April 2020

The UK’s National Crime Agency says it will appeal against a high court decision to discharge three unexplained wealth orders that the agency had obtained against London properties allegedly purchased with illicit funds.

NCA targets London mansion linked to influential Kazakh family

NCA targets London mansion linked to influential Kazakh family

10 March 2020

Four offshore companies are attempting to quash UWOs imposed over suspicions that three of their London-based properties were bought using illicit funds from Kazakhstan.

UK court upholds first unexplained wealth order

UK court upholds first unexplained wealth order

05 February 2020

The National Crime Agency director has indicated the agency will apply for UWOs in other cases following the decision.

Mystery banker’s wife launches the inaugural challenge to a UK unexplained wealth order

Mystery banker’s wife launches the inaugural challenge to a UK unexplained wealth order

25 July 2018

A woman identified only as “Mrs A” is attempting to discharge an unexplained wealth order, arguing that her imprisoned husband cannot explain to her how he obtained the allegedly suspicious wealth.

UK could wield UWOs to retaliate against Russia

UK could wield UWOs to retaliate against Russia

16 March 2018

UK authorities may have a more difficult time obtaining unexplained wealth orders against Russian individuals after the UK foreign secretary said the tool could be used in retaliation for a suspected nerve agent attack on a former spy.

UK expands its extraterritorial enforcement arsenal

UK expands its extraterritorial enforcement arsenal

01 February 2018

Authorities in the UK are now able to compel individuals or companies around the world to explain how they obtained property if they suspect it has been acquired illegally.

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