28th April 2019
TURKEY AND IRAN CONSIDER BARTERING TO DODGE US SANCTIONS
Energy Reporter on 28th April reported that Turkey and Iran are reportedly hoping to establish a bartering system to bypass US sanctions after Washington ended waivers for 8 countries importing Iranian oil.Already, in October 2017, the Turkish and Iranian central banks agreed to trade in their own currencies.
LIBYA SEIZES IRANIAN SHIP UNDER US AND EUROPEAN SANCTIONS
Xinhua from China reported on 28th April that Libya’s interior ministry has announced seizing of an Iranian ship SHAHR E.KORD off the coast of the western city of Sabratha. The ship was taken to the port of Misurata city.
FORMER PFLP MEMBER ARRESTED IN MONEY LAUNDERING INVESTIGATION IN TEXAS
On 28th April, Kenneth Rijock in his blog reported that George Zahi Rafidi, convicted and imprisoned for terrorist acts in Israel, and who lied about his membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine when he applied for political asylum in the US, has been arrested by Federal authorities in Texas in connection with a money laundering investigation appears to be connected to the operation of underground casinos.
3 ARRESTED IN NETHERLANDS FOR LAUNDERING OVER $1 BILLION FOR INDIAN FIRM
Customs Today on 27th April reported that Dutch investigators have arrested 3 former employees of a local company suspected of laundering some $1.2 billion for an energy client in India. The Dutch company bought materials and services around the world for the Indian business which has been involved in laying a gas pipeline on the subcontinent since 2006.
FRENCH INTELLIGENCE SUMMONS JOURNALISTS AFTER RELEASE OF CLASSIFIED REPORT ON ARMS IN YEMEN
France 24 on 26th April reported that the report by France’s DRM (Direction du renseignement militaire) military intelligence agency showed that French arms, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are being used by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. It was leaked to the independent investigative website Disclose, which published it in full on April 15th. 3 journalists face questioning next month by France’s domestic intelligence agency.
UNITED NATIONS CONVENES HISTORIC MEETING ON GLOBAL TAX REFORM
On 28th April, Ekklesia carried an article saying that the UN will hold a special meeting on 29th April on outlining fair tax rules fit for the modern digital economy. It says that the meeting, to be attended by over 50 country delegates and over a hundred tax experts, academics and activists, comes on the heels of the OECD’s recent proposals for root and branch reform of the international tax system to meet the challenges of an increasingly digital world – effectively marking the OECD’s last chance to retain its role as a global rule-setter on international tax.