On 17th July, OCCRP published an article concerned with the listing in December by US authorities of Global CST, the defence, consulting, and contracting wing of the Global Group, which is owned and operated by Israel Ziv, the former head of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Operations Directorate. In 2015, the South Sudanese government launched a multi-million dollar project meant to develop farms that would feed its people and even export the surplus, but this turned out to be a front, according to the US, to cover up the sale of approximately $150 million in weapons, including rifles, grenade launchers, and shoulder-fired rockets. When the Israeli accompany and its owner were designated, the US Treasury mentioned — but didn’t name or blacklist — a “major multi-national oil firm” that was in “close collaboration”. OCCRP now says that leaked documents show who that collaborator is likely to be: Trafigura Pte Ltd., an oil trading subsidiary of Trafigura Group Pte Ltd, one of the world’s largest commodity trading companies.
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