Private Eye has continued its investigation into souvenir shops in London which it says has revealed a “hotbed” of tax and accounting fraud, and has now apparently uncovered indications of something more troubling still: that much of the business is a launderette for illicit money from Afghanistan.  It says that this would explain why shops that cost a fortune to rent in prime West End locations exist for years despite a dearth of customers looking to buy what, since the Afghan networks took over the business a decade ago, has become increasingly poor-quality merchandise.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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