On 6th May, Squire Patton Boggs published an article on EU Council Directive 2009/43/EC which regulates terms and conditions of the transfer of defence-related products within the EU, with products subject to licensing requirements to the extent they are “specially designed for military use” (SDfMU). The Commission has launched an initiative to clarify the scope of the term “specially designed for military use”. The survey says that the objective is to facilitate circulation of defence-related products within the EU and thus, help to boost the competitiveness of the EU’s defence sector.
ABC News in Australia reported on 14th May on activities in the County Court of Victoria, where the AFP launched civil action under the Proceeds of Crime Act. It concerns Ngouth Oth Mai, the son of James Hoth Mai, the former chief of staff to Sudan’s People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). The article asks how did then 22-year-old Ngouth Oth Mai manage to buy a $1.5 million property in Melbourne upfront in 2014 when he had only ever earned welfare payments. Court documents claim that more than $1.5 million was transferred in 5 instalments from companies located in Uganda and Kenya, sometimes going through banks in Dubai, into a business account registered to a luxury car business — Sportscars Dealers — a company where Nguoth Oth Mai, was both director and majority shareholder, but the Australian Federal Police stated the company did not trade any vehicles.