TAX SOLICITOR JAILED FOR CONTEMPT AFTER PROMISES OVER MISSING MILLIONS

The Law Society Gazette on 17th August reported that experienced tax lawyer has been jailed for 14 months after being found in contempt over breaches of undertakings to the court and an ‘elaborate series of excuses’.  Stephen David Jones formerly practised in Central London.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/tax-solicitor-jailed-for-contempt-after-promises-over-missing-millions/5101179.article

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THE FIGHT TO PROTECT THE WORLD’S MOST TRAFFICKED WILD COMMODITY – ROSEWOOD

An article in National geographic on 16th August focuses on Guatemala and says that durable, fragrant rosewood, used to make furniture and musical instruments, is the world’s most trafficked wild product by value and volume.  So coveted is rosewood that it’s now the world’s most trafficked wild product by value or volume — more than ivory, rhino horn, and pangolin scales combined.  According to Interpol, timber trafficking is valued at between $30 billion and $100 billion a year and accounts for 15% to 30% of the global timber trade.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/08/guatemala-fight-against-rosewood-trafficking

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UK: CANNABIS, CBD AND OTHER CANNABINOIDS – DRUG LICENSING FACTSHEET

This factsheet from the Home Office outlines the UK domestic control measures that apply to cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD) and controlled cannabinoids.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cannabis-cbd-and-other-cannabinoids-drug-licensing-factsheet

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GRACE 1: US ISSUES WARRANT TO SEIZE IRANIAN OIL SUPERTANKER

On 17th August, the BBC reported that a warrant issued by a federal court in Washington called for the tanker and the oil on board to be seized.  It has also ordered the seizure of $995,000 from an account at an unnamed US bank linked to Paradise Global Trading LLC, an Iranian company.  The DoJ said the ship and the firm had been involved in violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, bank fraud, money laundering and terrorism forfeiture statutes, with a network of front companies used to launder funds linked to the shipment and parties linked with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US regards as a foreign terrorist organisation.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49379144

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