Off on travels again, so there may be some disruption…
11 November 2019
Italy: 13 former bankers at Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, Deutsche Bank and Nomura International convicted
The Wall Street Journal reported on 11 November that a court in Milan had returned verdicts in a long-running case involving losses at the troubled Italian bank. The court gave the bankers suspended jail sentences of up to 7 years and 6 months each. It also ordered the seizure of about €65 million from Deutsche Bank and €88 million from Nomura plus a €3 million fine for Deutsche Bank and €3.5 million for Nomura.
Dubai real estate links point to hidden Abacha loot?
On 11 November, KYC 360 reported that links to the assets stolen by former Nigerian military leader, Soni Abacha, appear to have provided fresh indications regarding substantial but hitherto concealed property holdings by members of the family in the Dubai real estate market.
Tax law enforcement in France
On 8 November, a guide from Franklin, available via Lexology, provides some basic information on French tax laws, including penalties – civil and criminal.
South Africa: Kimberley and its illicit mining community
An article on Defence Web on 11 November reported on attempts to bring illegal miners into the formal fold, which has been plagued by violence in diamond capital Kimberley. Starting 18 months ago, mine owners granted more than 800 unlicensed or informal small-scale miners the right to legally mine around 1,500 acres. However, it is said that informal miners who were not part of the scheme attacking infrastructure and members of the newly licensed co-operative. Illicit mining and mineral trading cost around $1.5 billion a year in lost sales, taxes and royalties, according to a 2017 estimate.
Australia: telecoms authority plans to block unlicensed international gambling sites
Calvin Ayre on 11 November reported that the authorities in Australia were planning to implement restrictions permitted in domestic legislation to block the web domains of unauthorised internationally-licensed gambling sites.
Dubai Customs thwarts attempt to smuggle 412,562 Captagon pills
On 11 November, MENA FN reported the smuggling attempt, saying the source was an “Asian country”. Captagon is actually a brand name for a psychostimulant, one of a group of drugs known as Fenethylline.