22 March 2020
The message from Newsroom Panama – stay indoors
CONSTRAINING IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS – 5 ADDED TO ENTITY LIST
STL News on 18 March reported that the US State Department imposed restrictions on 5 Iranian nuclear scientists by adding them to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List on 16 March, making them subject to export restrictions These individuals were involved in Iran’s pre-2004 nuclear weapons programme (the “Amad Plan”) and continue to be employed by the regime. The article warns that individuals working for Iran’s proliferation-sensitive programmes should be aware of the reputational and financial risks to which they expose themselves.
CZECH REPUBLIC’S SECOND-BIGGEST HOSPITAL HIT BY RANSOMWARE ATTACK
On 13 March, Prague Morning reported that the main hospital in Brno has been forced to cancel all planned operations and farm out acute patients to other hospitals after falling victim to a major cyber attack.
US DoJ FILES ITS FIRST ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST COVID-19 FRAUD
A news release from the DoJ on 22 March advised that a federal court had issued a temporary restraining order against a website offering fraudulent coronavirus vaccine. It is said that information published on the website claimed to offer consumers access to World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine kits in exchange for a shipping charge of $4.95, which consumers would pay by entering their credit card information on the website. In fact, there are currently no legitimate COVID-19 vaccines and the WHO is not distributing any such vaccine.
INDIA: DIAMOND TRADER AND OWNER OF AURO GOLD JEWELLERY COMPANY, RITESH JAIN, ARRESTED
On 22 March, the Hindustan Times reported that Ritesh Jain, the chief accused in an alleged money laundering case involving a web of shell companies, was arrested by the Mumbai Police upon his return from Dubai.
OVER 5,000 FOREIGN NATIONALS ARE NEW RECIPIENTS OF TURKISH PASSPORTS SINCE THE GOVERNMENT EASED THE REQUIREMENTS 2 YEARS AGO
In his blog on 22 March, Kenneth Rijock claimed that 5,111 foreign nationals who are new recipients of Turkish passports since the government eased the requirements 2 years ago. He also says that there are an estimated 9,000 applications in processing. He says that a large percentage of the new passport-holders will be from the Middle East, recommending enhanced due diligence checks as a result.
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