EU AMENDS IRAQ SANCTIONS TO REMOVE RAFIDAIN COMPANY FOR BUILDING DAMS (AKA STATE ORGANIZATION FOR DAMS)

EU Regulation 2018/1781/EU has amended the EU Iraq sanctions list in line with the decision of the UN on 13th November, to remove the RAFIDAIN COMPANY FOR BUILDING DAMS (alias STATE ORGANIZATION FOR DAMS) from the list with effect from 20th November.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2018.292.01.0002.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2018:292:TOC

SOUTH SUDANESE GENERAL CAUGHT ‘LAUNDERING’ MONEY IN MELBOURNE

The Age on 19th November reported that the family of a South Sudanese army general allegedly claimed $470,000 in welfare payments from the Australian Government at the same time as they paid for a luxury Melbourne house with a $1.5 million cheque.  The revelation comes from an affidavit sworn by an Australian Federal Police agent as police try to keep a restraining order on a Narre Warren house and European cars owned by the family of retired General James Hoth Mai.  The affidavit claims the Melbourne assets were likely purchased with the proceeds of corruption from the General’s time as the chief of staff of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army between 2009 and 2014.  As a senior officer in the South Sudanese military, General Mai’s salary was about $45,000 per year.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/south-sudanese-general-caught-by-george-clooney-laundering-money-in-melbourne-20181119-p50gx3.html