25 August 2018
RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP: ‘EXPLOSIVES ADDITIVES’ FOUND DID NOT HAVE TRANSIT PERMIT FOR SOUTH AFRICA
News 24 reported on 24 August that the SA Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (NPC) has confirmed that “explosives additives” found on a Russian vessel, currently arrested near Port Elizabeth, did not have a transit permit. The council was formed under the auspices of the minister of trade and industry. One of NPC’s functions is to provide for control over weapons of mass destruction and to control and manage matters relating to the proliferation of such weapons in the country. A spokesman said the explosive additives did not have a transit permit as required in the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act.
SLOVAK POLICE CAUGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKERS FLYING ON GLIDER FROM UKRAINE
Xinhua on 25 August reported that Slovak Police caught human traffickers trying to smuggle a migrant from Ukraine to Slovakia by a Rogallo powered wing hang glider. 2 Ukrainian nationals now face charges of human trafficking and illegal crossing of the state border. A third man from Afghanistan, who was illegally smuggled to Slovak soil, has been returned to Ukraine under the readmission agreement. A fourth man, a Ukrainian, was arrested.
IRISH CUSTOMS OFFICERS HAVE SEIZED OVER 24,400 LITRES OF BEER
FN 104 on 24 August reported that Revenue officers have seized over 24,400 litres of beer following routine profiling in Rosslare Europort in Wexford. Officers discovered the smuggled alcohol when they stopped and searched a foreign-registered truck that had arrived on a ferry from France. The beer has a retail value of over €108,000.
“GANGSTER” JOHN GILLIGAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING IN BELFAST
The Irish Mirror and others reported on 24 August that John Gillian, 66, from Dublin had been arrested by the NCA at an airport in Belfast with €23,000.
MEXICO CHARGES ‘MOST CORRUPT GOVERNOR’ WITH MONEY LAUNDERING
Telesur on 24 August reported that Mexico’s ex-governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, has been charged with money laundering and illicit association, and faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted. It says that prosecutors presented enough evidence to link him to a money laundering network that funneled about $20 million into his pocket. He was later expelled from the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) and fled to Guatemala. Duarte was arrested in April 2017 after 5 months on the run.
VENEZUELA ARRESTS LOCAL MANAGERS AT SMURFIT KAPPA PLANT
The Irish Independent on 25 August reported that the 2 men were arrested for allegedly engaging in what were described by authorities of the leftist and increasingly authoritarian regime as “crimes of speculation, boycott, extraction contraband, destabilising the economy, and corruption”. It comes after the government occupied a factory and ordered the Irish company to cut prices. It has heightened fears that the plant could be nationalised, or Smurfit ordered out of the country. It is understood that the arrested managers are local Venezuelan employees and that no Irish nationals work at the factory.
JEWELLER KILLED IN SKYDIVING ACCIDENT IN VENEZUELA LINKED TO $1.2 BILLION MONEY LAUNDERING CASE
Univision News on 24 August reported that several Miami properties frozen by prosecutors are listed under companies linked to Fernando Valero who died in a skydiving accident. At least 4 properties in South Florida that the US government is seeking to confiscate for alleged links to the laundering of embezzled state oil company funds in Venezuela, are registered in public records in the name of companies linked to him.
CHINA CALLS ON OVERSEAS GROUPS, PEOPLE TO GET GRAFT SUSPECTS TO SURRENDER
Baker McKenzie on 24 August reported that China has called on groups and individuals outside the country to actively encourage graft suspects who have fled overseas to give themselves up, and promised leniency for those who surrender.
HUNGARY REJECTS CROATIA’S EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR FUGITIVE BUSINESSMAN
BNE on 24 August reported that Hungary’s Capital Court has rejected Croatia’s request to extradite Zsolt Hernadi, the chairman and CEO of the MOL energy company. Hernadi is charged in Croatia with bribing former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader in 2009 in order to have MOL gain a controlling stake in the local oil firm INA. Croatian authorities have asked Hungary since 2011 to allow Hernadi to be summoned for questioning in relation to the 2009 deal between MOL and INA, but Hungary refused to carry out these requests. Following Croatia joining the EU in 2013, the Croatian authorities issued a European arrest warrant for Hernadi. However, the Hungarian judicial authorities refused to execute the warrant on the grounds that a criminal proceeding had already been closed in Hungary – grounds that the ECJ has recently ruled against in another case.
POLICE SEIZE HAUL OF COUNTERFEIT WATCHES FROM MAN AT ABERDEEN HELIPORT
The Evening Express on 25 August reported that 2 dozen counterfeit watches have been seized from an offshore worker at the heliport at Aberdeen International Airport.