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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.

Octogenarian investor bemoans becoming Panama Papers “posterchild”

Octogenarian investor bemoans becoming Panama Papers “posterchild”

July 03, 2020, GIR

Lawyers for the first individual convicted in connection to the Panama Papers say their client has been unfairly linked to the worst crimes uncovered by the infamous data leak.

Switzerland names special prosecutor to investigate attorney general

Switzerland names special prosecutor to investigate attorney general

July 03, 2020, GIR

The Swiss OAG’s disciplinary committee has appointed Stefan Keller as a special prosecutor to investigate Attorney General Michael Lauber over his alleged mishandling of the Fifa bribery probe.

Spain fines ex-ICBC execs millions over money laundering scheme

Spain fines ex-ICBC execs millions over money laundering scheme

July 03, 2020, GIR

Spain’s National Court has handed a €22.7 million fine and prison sentences to four former employees of Chinese bank ICBC over allegations they laundered millions of euros on behalf of Asian criminal organisations.

World Bank’s INT sees another management change

World Bank’s INT sees another management change

July 02, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

A senior official in the World Bank’s anti-corruption team, who oversaw the department’s prevention efforts, has left the unit. A recent job posting suggests he will be replaced by someone whose main job will be to oversee the unit’s investigative work.

Wirecard saga exposes cracks in German financial regulation

Wirecard saga exposes cracks in German financial regulation

July 02, 2020, GIR

German payment company Wirecard’s €2 billion accounting scandal illuminates some of the country’s supervisory shortcomings but criticism of the financial regulator could be misplaced.

Former White House deputy counsel joins Latham & Watkins

Former White House deputy counsel joins Latham & Watkins

July 02, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

Latham & Watkins has hired Michael Bosworth in New York after his in-house role at MacAndrews & Forbes.

Former Barclays CEO testifies in £1.6 billion fraud lawsuit

Former Barclays CEO testifies in £1.6 billion fraud lawsuit

July 02, 2020, GIR

Barclays’ former CEO said he was in the dark about the details of an allegedly fraudulent deal signed between the bank and Qatar, which is at the heart of a high-profile lawsuit, when it was agreed in 2008.

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.

Fallout continues at Luckin Coffee

Fallout continues at Luckin Coffee

July 02, 2020, GIR

Chinese coffee chain Luckin Coffee has fired a dozen employees and disciplined 15 more following an internal investigation into claims the company fabricated transactions to boost sales figures.