26th October 2019
EU AMENDED VARIOUS SANCTIONS REGIMES TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF DATA PROTECTION LAW
EU Regulations 2019/1777/EU and 2019/1778/EU AND EU Council Decision 2019/1789/CFSP and 2019/1790/CFSP amended existing sanctions Regulations and Decisions to insert a new Article providing the legal cover for the processing and use of personal data.
RUSSIA SAID TO BE KEEN TO MANUFACTURE MILITARY HARDWARE WITH SOUTH AFRICA
On 25th October, Defence Web reported that Russia has expressed interest in jointly producing military equipment with South Africa, as South Africa is the leading defence hardware manufacturer on the African continent. The article was based on comments by according to Dmitry Shugaev, the head of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation. The head of Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms exporter, recently said that African countries account for a third of the holding company’s order book.
KENYA: BIRTHS REGISTER OFFICE RAIDED IN CRACKDOWN
On 25th October, the Daily Nation reported that 2 senior officers at the Department of Civil Registration have been dismissed in an impromptu raid meant to crack down on corruption in the issuance of birth certificates.
ZIMBABABWE: US STATE DEPARTMENT DESIGNATES OWEN NCUBE FOR ALLEGED GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
On 25th October, a news release from the US State Department announced that it has credible information that Owen Ncube was involved in gross violations of human rights in his capacity as Zimbabwe’s Minister of State for National Security. He is now ineligible for entry into the US.
UK: DELIVERY DRIVER WHO SMUGGLED MORE THAN 8 MILLION UNTAXED CIGARETTES IN PALLETS OF GRAPES HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF DUTY EVASION
A CPS news release on 25th October advised that Milkos Sokorai, 48, claimed he was delivering grapes but when Border Force stopped his vehicle at the Port of Dover, they found more than 8 million packets of cigarettes in the refrigerated trailer that he was attempting to smuggle into the UK, and worth almost £4 million, with £2.5 million tax due as a result.
IRELAND: GARDAI SEIZE €500,000 AND QUIZ KINAHAN CARTEL SUSPECT OVER ALLEGED MONEY LAUNDERING
On 26th October, the Irish Independent reported that, following a series of raids in Dublin, the Gardai had seized €500,000 in cash and was questioning a 60-year-old man suspected of links to the Kinahan crime gang. The money was seized by officers under an intelligence-led operation targeting what was described as ‘an International Organised Crime Group’.
CLAIM THAT CHELTENHAM HORSE RACE WINNER BOUGHT WITH PROCEEDS OF CRIME
On 26th October, the Irish Independent reported that the High Court in Dublin has ruled that 90% of Labaik, which won the Supreme Novices Hurdles at Cheltenhem had been bought by a convicted drug dealer, John Boylan (aka John Power), together with Dublin property. The court heard that Boylan had 67 previous convictions and was involved in the sale and supply of drugs in Dublin. The horse had been seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau.
3 US LAW FIRMS FILE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST INDIAN COMPANY INFOSYS
Business Today in India reported on 26th October that 3 US investor rights law firms have filed a class-action lawsuit against Infosys after a group of whistleblower group of employees alleged the company and its CEO Salil Parekh of indulging in unethical practices. The allegations were that the company’s management inappropriately boosted short-term revenue and profit. Both the SEC and the Indian regulator SEBI are said to be seeking more details from Infosys, an Indian multinational corporation that provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services.
UK TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH NON-EU COUNTRIES IN A NO-DEAL BREXIT
On 26th October, the Department for International Trade provided updated information on which new trade agreements will be in place if there’s a no-deal Brexit.
MARIO ESTRADA, FORMER GUATEMALAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO IMPORT COCAINE INTO THE US
An article in Insight Crime on 26th October reported the guilty plea and said that it had triggered a backlash against President Jimmy Morales, who is said to have ties to Estrada. Estrada made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2006. He and an associate, Juan Pablo González Mayorga, had been caught in a DEA sting.
A PRIMER ON CHINA’S NEW WHITE PAPER
On 17th October, Diplomatic Courier carried a short article about the White Paper, China and the World in the New Era, published in September. Its focus was on development and economic success, and its contents, along with the subsequent military parade, exemplify how the PRC aims to project its power globally. It says that one message is clear: the the Party will most definitely continue state-controlled development and will not accept any criticism of this approach. A second message from the White Paper is said to be that China will continue to be a development donor, and argues that all countries, especially developing countries, should follow China’s development agenda. Despite the White Paper’s claim of respecting sovereignty, it is said, China’s development policy is a tool to draw recipients closer to China’s sphere of influence. A third takeaways from this White Paper is that China plans to be an active global player, albeit not one upholding the established international order, with an aggressive foreign policy that circumvents the long-standing free international ruled-based order.
IRISH REVENUE SEIZES OVER HALF-TONNE OF TOBACCO IN DUBLIN PORT
On 24th October, the Revenue Commissioners reported that officers in Dublin Port seized approximately 600 kg of unstamped tobacco. The tobacco was discovered when officers stopped and searched 2 separate shipments originating from Belgium.
CLEANING UP CORRUPTION IS A KEY TO MIDDLE EAST STABILITY
An article in National Review on 24th October says that headlines in the Middle East revolve around the risks from terrorism, drone attacks and attacks on oil facilities and tankers, but the real long-term threat to the stability of the region is the lack of respect for the Rule of Law. It says that across much of the developing world, the corruption of courts and other government institutions threatens the free flow of goods and capital that promotes economic growth. A report by Refinitiv found that 73% of Middle Eastern companies, rising to 85% in Saudi Arabia, are aware of financial crime in their global operations. The article cites the role that Ahmed al-Rajhi, Saudi minister of labour, has played in the Tameer Holding scandal, the greatest real estate fraud in the history of the Middle East, a debacle valued at $1.8 billion by courts in Dubai and which has dragged on for 11 years. The article argues that if regions like the Middle East are ever going to build a stable middle class through economic growth and if the world’s trading system is going to thrive, countries must make sure that corrupt players cannot subvert the rule of law, whether it’s by the purloining of intellectual property, the fleecing of investors or denying justice through endless delays.
US CUSTOMS PROPOSES RELAXING JONES ACT RESTRICTIONS ON MARITIME TRADE
American Shipper on 25th October reported that the Trump administration is considering revoking past guidance on how US maritime law is interpreted, a move that could expose offshore oil, gas and wind operations to more foreign-flag vessels. Possible changes would revise the definition of offshore “lifting operations” to clarify that certain “lateral movements” of service vessels are not considered transportation, and relax rules for vessels supporting the offshore oil, gas and wind operations. The Jones Act does not allow for the lateral movement of merchandise, i.e. within the US, by foreign-flagged ships.
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