Calvin Ayre reports that the UK Gambling Commission had posted a notice on its website indicating that it had “begun investigations into 17 online operators, and are considering whether 5 of these require a licence review”, and that the investigations followed the “serious nature of our findings” from the its thematic review of the online sector’s “approach to anti-money laundering and social responsibility.”. The Commission said it had written to all online operators to set out how it expected operators to review all of their processes aimed at tackling money laundering and meeting their social responsibility obligations.
On 4th January OFAC issued a Notice adding Muhammad al-Ghazali, Abukar Ali Adan and Wanas al-Faqih to its terrorism sanctions lists for being associated with al-Qa’ida affiliates al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Shabaab, and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The same Notice lists the 5 new Iranian entities linked to its missile programme. It also deletes Lucia Touzard Romo (who had been listed because of connections to the Waked money laundering organisation) and Fathi Shaqiqi (Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad-Shiqaqi).
UPI reports that OFAC has designated 5 Iranian entities, subsidiaries of the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group, part of Iran’s Defense Ministry. Each of the 5 entities – Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Sanikhani Industries, Shahid Moghaddam Industries, Shahid Eslami Research Center and Shahid Shustari Industries, are cited for researching, developing and producing components and systems for the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG).