29th December 2019
IRAQ THWARTS SMUGGLING OF ANTIQUITIES, INCLUDING A RARE COPY OF THE TORAH
On 29 December, Kurdistan 24 reported that an Iraqi anti-corruption commission announced that it had seized antiquities while smugglers were attempting to transport them out of Iraq, including an extremely rare copy of the Torah, the holy Hebrew scriptures. It is said that the smugglers had employed an expert in the search for antiquities who excavated an archaeological site in order to find some of the artefact.
2 EXTRADITED BACK FROM PHILIPPINES AND VIETNAM TO TAIWAN FOR TELECOM FRAUD
On 29 December, Focus Taiwan reported that they are said to have been linked to criminal groups targeting Chinese people.
US BILL CLASSIFIES 7 MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS AS TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS
On 27 December, Homeland Preparedness News reported that recently introduced legislation in the US Congress classified 7 Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organisations (FTO) as defined by section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Gulf Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Beltran Leyva Cartel, the Juarez Cartel, the Los Zetas Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Tijuana Cartel have been described by the DEA as the most prominent in Mexico.
GARDAÍ AND BIRMINGHAM POLICE WORKING TOGETHER TO TAKE DOWN THE LAST REMNANTS OF THE KINAHAN CARTEL
On 29 December, The Journal in Ireland reported that a number of senior members of the cartel fled to the Midlands city in a bid to rebuild their crumbling empire since the successful prosecutions of many of the criminal gang’s main players., after successful operations conducted by the Criminal Assets Bureau in Ireland.
EU TELLS CROATIA IT HASN’T ERADICATED CORRUPTION
Total Croatia News on 29 December reported that the EU Commission has warned Croatia in its annual review of progress made in public policy measures to correct macroeconomic imbalances that it has not eradicated corruption and that it should reform the system of public salaries, stimulate a longer working life and bring order in healthcare.