OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – OCTOBER 12

12th October 2019

UN

https://www.statista.com/chart/15628/un-budget-who-has-paid-their-dues/

US COAST GUARD SETS RECORD FOR ILLEGAL FISHING INTERDICTION IN GULF OF MEXICO

On 11th October, Homeland Security Today reported that the USCG made a record-setting number of illegal fishing interdictions in the Gulf of Mexico this past fiscal year.  175 vessels were spotted and 138 were intercepted, with 74 interdictions. In fiscal year 2018, there were 61 “lancha” (small, fast craft used by the fishermen) interdictions.

https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/dhs/uscg/coast-guard-set-record-for-illegal-fishing-interdictions/

GULF OF GUINEA COUNTRIES URGED TO ESTABLISH SPECIAL MARITIME COURTS TO HANDLE PIRACY

On 11th October, Homeland Security Today reported that countries in the Gulf of Guinea region have been advised to establish a specialised maritime courts to handle cases of sea robbery, piracy and other maritime offences at the ongoing Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja.

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/maritime-security/countries-urged-to-establish-special-maritime-courts-to-handle-piracy/

GULF OF GUINEA STATES ADVISED TO IMPROVE MARITIME SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITIES

Also on 11th October, countries in the Gulf of Guinea have been advised to improve surveillance capabilities and establish a common maritime security architecture.  They were recommended that countries should improve domain awareness, improve in sharing of intelligence amongst stakeholders, training and capacity building for relevant stakeholders involved in maritime security, Review legal frameworks and signing of bilateral MoU to facilitate cross-border operations,  explore alternative sources of funding their armed forces outside budgetary allocation of member states to enhance the effectiveness of their response to maritime incidences.

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/maritime-security/gulf-of-guinea-states-advised-to-improve-maritime-surveillance-capabilities/

ILLEGAL GOLD MINING OPERATIONS ENTER NEW PARTS OF PERU

On 11th October, Insight Crime reported that dredgers have been found in several rivers across Peru’s northern department of Loreto, confirming that illegal gold mining has been rapidly expanding into previously untapped parts of the country, and authorities identified and destroyed 4 dredgers used for illegal gold mining.

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/brief/illegal-gold-mining-new-parts-peru/

SEC HALTS ALLEGED $1.7 BILLION UNREGISTERED DIGITAL TOKEN OFFERING

A release on Mondo Visione on 11th October advised that the SEC had announced that it has filed an emergency action and obtained temporary restraining order against 2 offshore entities conducting an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the US and overseas that has raised more than $1.7 billion of investor funds.  It says that Telegram Group Inc and its wholly-owned subsidiary TON Issuer Inc. began raising capital in January 2018 and sold approximately 2.9 billion digital tokens called “Grams”.

http://www.mondovisione.com/media-and-resources/news/sec-halts-alleged-17-billion-unregistered-digital-token-offering/

 

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MONEY LAUNDERING THROUGH ONLINE GAMES

On 11th October, RUSI published a comprehensive and in-depth analysis saying that in-game artefacts and currencies often have real-life value and can be used to move or invest criminal proceeds – but that there are no clear expectations of what game operators can or should do to identify criminal activity.  It concedes that unofficial sale of in-game items can contravene the game’s rules and has given rise to several court disputes in the US, though it also says that the underground trade has historically been closely related to so-called “gold farming”, the practice of playing online games specifically to obtain valuable items and resell them to other gamers.  It refers to recent reports on the use of stolen bank/credit cards to but in-game “currency”.  The article argues that if a computer game allows players to transfer in-game items to each other, and these in-game items can be exchanged into fiat currency, the gaming company’s position is similar to that of a virtual currency exchange – but unlike the latter FATF and other rules would not appear to compel the application of AML regulation – and neither FATF nor FinCEN states whether in-game currencies are covered by AML/CFT regulations.  So far, governments have confined their examination of in-game transactions to consumer protection and/or gambling issues arising from ‘loot boxes’, the article says; and while subjecting online games to AML/CFT regulation without further evidence would be a step too far, governments should engage with the industry to clarify expectations in relation to the identification of criminal conduct and its reporting. Furthermore, the companies themselves should consider instituting customer verification and voluntary reporting of suspicious activity to law enforcement if their in-game items trade for fiat currency, whether officially within the game or on extraneous platforms.

https://rusi.org/publication/rusi-newsbrief/gaming-system-money-laundering-through-online-games

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UN AMENDS 1 ENTRY ON ISIL/AL-QAIDA SANCTIONS LIST FOR UK NATIONAL

A news release from the UN on 11th October advised that the entry for a UK national, ANJEM CHOUDARY had been amended following his release from prison in the UK in October 2018 (having been released on licence which expires in July 2021).

https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/sc13984.doc.htm

https://www.interpol.int/en/How-we-work/Notices/View-UN-Notices-Individuals#2018-84874

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US TREASURY DEVELOPING NEW AUTHORITIES TO TARGET TURKEY FOR ANY POTENTIAL HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OR DESTABILISING ACTIONS IN SYRIA

On 11th October, a US Treasury news release advised that, given Turkey’s ongoing military offensive in north-eastern Syria, President Trump intends to sign an Executive Order providing for new sanctions.  It will give authority to designate individuals and entities of the Government of Turkey involved in human rights abuses or actions leading to the further deterioration of peace, security, and stability in north-eastern Syria.  It also will give the Treasury the authority to impose secondary sanctions on those engaging in knowing and significant transactions with designated individuals and entities of the Government of Turkey.

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm791

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GLOBAL MARITIME SECURITY CONFERENCE IN NIGERIA MOVES TO TREAT MARITIME CRIME PROCEEDS LIKE ‘BLOOD DIAMONDS’

On 11th October, Homeland Security Today reported that the Abuja conference ended with a firm declaration to globally criminalise acts of insecurity and proceeds from illegal maritime activities from the zone as was with the case of the “blood diamonds”.  A communiqué, the  Abuja Declaration, on the Gulf of Guinea crisis said Gulf of Guinea States and the international community should put mechanisms in place to ensure that resources that are illegally harvested/explored in the GoG, including stolen oil and Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishery, are intentionally banned as was the case with the ‘blood diamonds’.

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/maritime-security/abuja-declaration-moves-to-treat-maritime-crime-proceeds-like-blood-diamonds/

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