On 20 January, a Notice from HM Treasury advised that the sanctions entry relating to Qasem SOLEIMANI, recently killed in a US drone strike, had been amended but that he remained subject to an asset freeze.
On 20 January, a Notice from HM Treasury advised that 15 entries relating to Iraq sanctions had been removed from the Consolidated List, following the decision of the UN and EU to remove the names.
On 19 January, various media sources reported that leaked documents appear to reveal how Africa’s richest woman made her fortune through exploiting her own country, and corruption. She says that says the allegations against her are entirely false and that there is a politically motivated witch-hunt by the Angolan government. She is already under criminal investigation by the authorities in Angola for corruption and her assets in the country have been frozen. Allegations flowing from leaked documents include suspicious deals run from London through a UK subsidiary of the Angolan state oil company Sonangol. More than 700,000 documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shows how a global network of consultants, lawyers, bankers and accountants helped her amass that fortune and park it abroad; and that some of the world’s leading professional service firms — including the Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co. and PwC — facilitated her efforts.
The ICIJ “Luanda Leaks” link is at –