NUN BLAMES INTERNET ROMANCE FOR COCAINE SMUGGLING

OCCRP reported on 15th August that a Missouri Nun who was arrested last year for smuggling 2 lb of cocaine into Australia stuffed into the high heels of her shoes claims she was tricked by a man she met online.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/how-much-did-you-find-us-woman-claims-she-was-duped-into-smuggling-cocaine-20180809-p4zwho.html

PHILIPPINES CUSTOMS SUES 5 WAREHOUSE OWNERS OVER FAKE CIGARETTES, OTHER GOODS

The Manilla Bulletin on 14th August reported that 5 criminal cases were recently filed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) against owners of warehouses where counterfeit cigarettes and other goods were found in previous raids in Tondo, Manila.

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/08/14/customs-sues-5-warehouse-owners-over-fake-cigarettes-other-goods/

EU ADDS ADNAN ABOU WALID AL-SAHRAOUI TO ITS AL-QAIDA/ISIL SANCTIONS LISTS

On 14th August, EU Regulation 2018/1138/EU added ADNAN ABOU WALID AL-SAHRAOUI to the list of those designated under its ISIL (Da’esh)/Al-Qaida sanctions legislation, following his addition to the list maintained by the relevant UN sanctions committee.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2018.205.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2018:205I:TOC

HM TREASURY AMENDS ITS SANCTIONS LISTS ACCORDINGLY

On 15th August, a Notice from HM Treasury advised that ADNAN ABOU WALID AL-SAHRAOUI had been added to its Consolidated Lists.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734138/Notice_ISIL_2018_1138.pdf

HONG KONG POLICE INVESTIGATING FUGITIVE CHINESE TYCOON GUO WENGUI OVER ALLEGED HK$32 BILLION MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY

The South China Morning Post on 14th August reported that the police are said to be investigating whether the tycoon, his son and daughter, laundered more than HK$32 billion through various companies set up in the city, a court document has revealed. Guo (aka Miles Kwok) fled to the US in 2015 and was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice last year that accused him of paying a US$8.7 million bribe to China’s former state security vice-minister, Ma Jian.  He is seeking asylum in the US.  According to the writ filed in court, 4 bank accounts belonging to Anton Development Limited, solely owned and directed by Guo Mei, have been frozen since July 2017, by DBS bank at the request of police.  Hong Kong International Funds Investments Limited, also owned by Guo Mei, is also named.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/hong-kong-law-and-crime/article/2159724/hong-kong-police-investigating-fugitive