OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – JULY 19

Panama Covid-19 update – Day 2 of total weekend lockdown, with 100 people apparently arrested in Chorrera town for drunken parties…you just can’t help some people, it seems.  Meanwhile, 1,027 new cases and 25 additional fatalities (taking the total to 1,096).  However, 79% of current cases, i.e. 22,569, are in isolation at home.

19 July 2020

AUSTRALIAN BRAND FINED OVER ‘ANTI-VIRUS ACTIVEWEAR’ CLAIM

On 18 July, AFP reported that a popular Australian activewear brand has been fined for implying its “anti-virus” leggings and tops are effective at protecting wearers against the coronavirus. Lorna Jane was fined almost A$40,000 over claims on its website that “anti-virus activewear” protects from infectious diseases and for implying it was effective against COVID-19.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/australian-brand-fined-over-anti-virus-activewear-claim/ar-BB16T3MM?ocid=msedgntp

AUSTRALIAN SUPPLY CHAINS THREATENED BY SHIPPING CREW CHANGE RESTRICTIONS

On 10 July, Loadstar reported that trade body Shipping Australia had warned that vessels will soon be detained, blocking the country’s ports and disrupting supply chains. It noted that crew changes were severely hampered in New South Wales and Western Australia, due to a 14-day hotel quarantine requirement for crew arriving on international flights.  It is also reported that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority had announced it would detain ships with crew who have been aboard for 14 months.  Highlighting a larger problem worldwide, it is said that the major challenge remains the lack of flights and continued travel restrictions on seafarers.

https://theloadstar.com/australian-supply-chains-threatened-by-containership-crew-change-crisis/

INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ASSOCIATIONS DEMAND IMMEDIATE ACTION FROM GOVERNMENTS ON THE CREW CHANGE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

On 18 July, Hellenic Shipping News reported that the European and international maritime social partners together with 9 international maritime associations, are writing to the leaders of European countries, calling for urgent action to be taken to resolve the serious humanitarian crisis caused by the lack of crew changes worldwide and in Europe.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/european-and-international-maritime-social-partners-together-with-9-other-international-maritime-associations-demand-immediate-action-from-governments-on-the-crew-change-humanitarian-crisis/

UK: GARDENERS RECEIVED SINISTER SEED PACKS FROM CHINA

On 18 July, the Daily Mail reported that mysterious packages of seeds – marked as such things as “ear studs” – left gardeners in the UK baffled. Gardeners across the UK have sent out a warning after hundreds were sent unsolicited packages of seeds, which are believed to have been sent from China.  Gardeners are warned not to plant the seeds if they received them in case they are an invasive non-native species.

https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1043869/gardeners-received-sinister-seed-packs-from-china

280 BIRDS WORTH €1 MILLION SEIZED FROM SPANISH-MOROCCAN SMUGGLING RING

On 19 July, The National in UAE reported that a joint police operation has busted an exotic-bird smuggling ring, arresting 28 people and seizing birds worth more than €1 million.  Police recovered 280 endangered exotic birds, including macaws, parrots and cockatoos. The team also found 400 marijuana plants. Searches were carried out in Malaga, Murcia, Granada, Alicante and Asturias, and the birds were destined to be sold in North Africa, particularly Morocco.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/280-birds-worth-1-million-seized-from-spanish-moroccan-smuggling-ring-1.1051352

CYPRUS: THOUSANDS OF NGO FACE PURGE IF NOT PROPERLY REGISTERED, MINISTER SAYS

On 18 July, the Cyprus Mail reported that the Interior Minister has said on Saturday he would purge 5,000 NGO in the coming weeks if they did not properly register with the government.  It is said that there were over 7,000 NGO operating in Cyprus, and only 2,000 had their documentation up to date with his ministry.

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/07/18/thousands-of-ngos-face-purge-if-not-properly-registered-minister-says/

SPAIN’S MONARCHY SHAKEN BY JUAN CARLOS’S HIDDEN SWISS FORTUNE

On 19 July, BBC reported that the emergence of shocking allegations of corruption and money laundering against former Spanish King Juan Carlos have cast doubt over the very future of the monarchy, under his son King Felipe.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53415781

BULGARIAN TYCOON HIRES US LOBBYIST AFTER FAMILY TARGETED IN PROBES TIED TO POLITICAL INFIGHTING

On 18 July, Rferl reported that Plamen Bobokov, the co-founder of a Sofia-based energy business, has hired a US firm to lobby his family’s interests in Washington as his home country’s prosecutors investigate him on allegations of waste mismanagement and corruption that some say are politically motivated.  He and his brother Atanas Bobokov, as well as Deputy Environment Minister Krasimir Zhivkov, were detained in May on suspicion of being part of a criminal group that mismanaged hazardous waste in Bulgaria.  He was arrested again this month, together with Plamen Uzunov and Ilia Milushev, advisers to President Rumen Radev, this time on suspicion of peddling influence.

https://www.rferl.org/a/bulgaria-bobokov-prista-waste-fraud-allegations-us-lobbyist/30735104.html

US: LAWSUITS SEEK TO RECOVER MORE THAN $100 MILLION EMBEZZLED BY FORMER OFFICIALS IN KUWAIT’S MoD

A news release from the US DoJ on 17 July advised that the DoJ has filed 7 lawsuits seeking the forfeiture of real estate, a private jet, a yacht and additional assets purchased with public funds allegedly embezzled by former high-level officials in Kuwait’s Ministry of Defense, part of which were transferred to California bank accounts operated by the son of a convicted felon – a Los Angeles man – Victorino Noval, 58, formerly known as Victor Jesus Noval.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/us-files-lawsuits-seeking-recover-more-100-million-embezzled-former-officials-kuwait-s

GUERNSEY: EXIT INTERVIEWS FOR MLRO AND MLCO

On 6 July, a news release from the Guernsey FSC advised that, following the introduction of exit interviews for individuals who held the position of MLRO and/or MLCO with a bank or fiduciary firm, the FSC has decided to extend the pilot initiative until the end of December 2020.  It is said to have has proved useful and has provided supervisory staff with a greater understanding of the MLRO/MLCO role(s), responsibilities and challenges faced and ultimately assists in the fight against financial crime. The pilot initiative will also be extended to both the investment and legal sectors.

https://www.gfsc.gg/news/article/exit-interviews-mlros-and-mlcos#.XwNlSg5EU5Q.linkedin

RUSSIA’S DEOFFSHORISATION – CYPRIOT COLLATERAL DAMAGE

On 19 July, the Cyprus Mail reported that President Vladimir Putin’s announced this spring a change in the “rules of the game”, with a “take it or leave it” offer to Cyprus over withholding taxes, and a no-deal would force Russia to unilaterally withdraw from the tax agreement with Cyprus, as it has just decided to do with Malta. The new measures will enter into force on 1 January. It is said that Cyprus is the most popular low-tax jurisdiction among Russian businesses, through which capital is transferred offshore and back to Russia. The article explains the situation and warns that, in the near future, Russian businesses could be forced to look for alternative jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands or Switzerland, or transfer foreign structures to Russia, including to special administrative areas (offshore zones within Russia) established in 2018.

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/07/19/russias-deoffshorisation-cypriot-collateral-damage/

SOUTH AFRICA: BANK CONSULTANT ARRESTED FOR MULTI-MILLION RAND FRAUD

On 19 July, News 24 reported the arrest of a 27-year-old Absa bank consultant for alleged fraud of $1.5 million.

https://www.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/limpopo-bank-consultant-arrested-for-multi-million-rand-fraud-20200719

CALIFORNIA RABBI’S YEARS OF FRAUD REVEALED

On 19 July, the Los Angeles Times reported on Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 58, and the numerous frauds described in detail in court documents related to his plea to tax fraud and wire fraud.  He admitted to years of illegal schemes involving taxes, government programmes, real estate and public and private grant programmes. Thought to have been involved in frauds back to the 80s, the FBI put the total amount of money in play in the scheme at $18 million.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-19/tax-schemes-poway-synagogue-rabbi-yisroel-goldstein-fraud

THE NEXT CHINA RISK FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS

An article in the 20 July edition of The Interpreter from the Lowy Institute in Australia says that, by the end of 2020, China plans to introduce its national social credit system. It is said that the system’s rewards and punishments seek to enforce “correct” behaviour in people’s everyday lives. For businesses – including thousands of Australian businesses integrated into Chinese supply chain – compliance within China is about to be monitored in a much more comprehensive way, which generates new risks. The article warns that while the system is envisaged as a giant reward and punishment system to reward better behaviour, by individuals and by companies, and it creates a new binary concept of “trustworthy” versus “untrustworthy”, based on compliance with the law it could easily be extended to guilt by association or, for that matter, could be undermined by manipulation, human or technical error.  Risks arise if a business is found non-compliant and placed on a blacklist and a significant part of the plan is to “name and shame” firms that are persistently non-compliant with the law. Further, with the new joined-up data, non-compliance in one area can lead to punishments across the firm’s operations. A firm can even theoretically be punished for non-compliance by its business partners or key personnel. The article warns that businesses operating in China urgently need to review their management of compliance and reporting, including regularly scanning government sites for errors or problems with data integrity.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/social-credit-next-china-risk-australian-business

WHAT DOES A “TERRORIST” DESIGNATION MEAN?

An essay in Lawfare in the US on 19 July posed this question and says that calls to officially designate antifa, Black Lives Matter or white supremacists as terrorists show the power of the terrorism label.  For both legal and political reasons, however, US leaders have not designated purely domestic groups as terrorist organisations. But what, the essay asks, would designation mean?  The author posits that the label is more about signalling what types of groups and political actions are acceptable to the US Government than about fighting political violence.

https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-does-terrorist-designation-mean

 

 

 

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WIRECARD: WORLD’S MOST WANTED MAN JAN MARSALEK LOCATED IN BELARUS

On 18 July, Bellingcat reported that Wirecard, the company he oversaw operationally, collapsed overnight last month after auditors brought attention to a nearly €2 billion gaping hole in its balance sheet.  Austrian citizen Jan Marsalek, 40, COO of Wirecard since 2010, was in charge of the company’s Asian operations. On 18 June, the management team – including Jan Marsalek – was fired. He told his colleagues that he was going to the Philippines to chase and find the missing billions, in order to prove his innocence. It transpires that his supposed travel to the Philippines and hence to china, was a fiction. He is said to have instead fled to Minsk and that he had been a frequent visitor of Russia, with over 60 trips to the country in the last 10 years. Marsalek travelled to Russia on 6 different Austrian passports and also on other ID documents.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2020/07/18/worlds-most-wanted-man-jan-marsalek-located-in-belarus-data-points-to-russian-intel-links/

 

 

 

 

 

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OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – JULY 18

Panama Covid-19 update – Saturday, and first of renewed all-weekend lockdowns, so not out anywhere…

Meanwhile, the daily (detailed) news conference advises that there are 853 new cases and 33 additional fatalities (the second-highest daily figure, the highest having been yesterday) taking us to 1,071 in total since 9 March. 173 people are in ICU, 1,148 in other wards, 640 in the hotels and 21,725 at home.  So far, 51.61% of those identified are considered to be “recovered”.

 

18 July 2020

INDIA: 2 MORE FINANCIERS OF GOLD SMUGGLING HELD

On 18 July, the New Indian Express reported that Customs had arrested 2 more persons who allegedly funded the purchase of 30 kg of gold which was smuggled in a diplomatic baggage from the UAE.  4 suspected financiers were arrested in the previous 2 days.

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2020/jul/18/two-more-financiers-of-gold-smuggling-held-2171276.html

AROUND 10,000 DEFUNCT COMPANIES REMOVED FROM MALTA BUSINESS REGISTRY IN MOVE INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE ISLAND’S REPUTATION

On 18 July, the Times of Malta reported that around 10,000 defunct companies have been stricken off the Malta Business Registry, in another move intended to improve the island’s reputation.  Companies were taken off the list when they failed to file annual reports or accounts or did not give official ownership information.

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/10000-companies-taken-off-registry.805605

BARBADOS: AFTER ALMOST 10 YEARS ATTORNEY ADMITTED TO THEFT AND MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES

On 18 July, Barbados Today reported that, almost 10 years after being charged with stealing more than a quarter million dollars from a client, attorney-at-law Cheraine Nicole Parris has admitted to theft and money laundering charges.  The money had been earmarked for the purchase of a condominium.

https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/07/18/parris-admits-to-pocketing-laundering-cash-decade-ago/

ICC INTERNATIONAL MARITIME BUREAU’S (IMB) LATEST PIRACY REPORT

On 14 July, the International Chamber of Commerce reported that violent attacks against ships and their crews have risen in 2020, with 77 seafarers taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January. The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide. Meanwhile ship hijackings are at their lowest since 1993. The Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 98 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first half of 2020, up from 78 in Q2 2019.  So far this year, 49 crew have been kidnapped for ransom in the Gulf of Guinea and held captive on land for up to 6 weeks. Founded in 1991, the IMB PRC’s 24-hour manned centre remains a single point of contact to report the crimes of piracy and armed robbery.

https://icc-ccs.org/index.php/1293-crew-kidnappings-surge-in-seas-off-west-africa-imb-reports

DIRECTORS’ DUTIES AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN GUERNSEY

On 13 July, Ogier published an article saying that directors duties in Guernsey arise from customary law, statute and contractual obligations but are not codified under the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008, as amended and instead are drawn from the English common law duties in place prior to the introduction of the UK Companies Act 2006. Corporate governance for Guernsey companies can be found in a number of sources.

https://www.ogier.com/publications/directors-duties-and-corporate-governance-in-guernsey

BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP: IRISH CENTRAL REGISTER FOR ICAV, CREDIT UNIONS AND UNIT TRUSTS

On 15 July, an article from McCann Fitzgerald said that regulations came into effect on 25 June whereby existing ICAV, credit unions and unit trusts must file their beneficial ownership information with the Registrar of Beneficial Ownership of Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles, Credit Unions and Unit Trusts, by Christmas Day 2020.

https://www.mccannfitzgerald.com/knowledge/asset-management-and-investment-funds/beneficial-ownership-central-register-for-icavs-credit-unions-and-unit-trusts

US: CONSEQUENCES OF PRODUCING NON-COMPLIANT HEMP

On 16 July, an article from DLA Piper says that many hemp producers, investors and corporations alike worry about complying with the hemp regulations as there is an inconsistent patchwork at the state and local level and complex, evolving federal regulations. This article discusses the testing requirements used to identify non-compliant hemp, consequences for hemp producers who cultivate non-compliant hemp and what a hemp producer may do with the non-compliant hemp.

https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2020/07/consequences-of-producing-non-compliant-hemp/

COURT RULES THAT US WIRE TRANSFERS ARE SUFFICIENT TO CONFER US JURISDICTION IN COMMERCIAL BRIBERY PROSECUTION

On 18 July, an article from Baker McKenzie said that the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the convictions of 2 foreign nationals, former officials of FIFA and the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL), for conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. It held that the use of US wire services could be sufficient in itself to confer US jurisdiction over foreign nationals in such prosecutions, even if the remainder of the fraudulent scheme took place outside of the US. The article looks at what it says are 2 main takeaways for companies and individuals operating in the Asia-Pacific region.

https://globalcompliancenews.com/global-international-us-second-circuit-rules-that-us-wire-transfers-are-sufficient-to-confer-us-jurisdiction-in-commercial-bribery-prosecution-what-does-this-mean-for-apac-companies-20200714/

BREXIT AND UK COURT JUDGMENTS

An article from Clyde & Co on 16 July says that where parties to existing disputes are concerned about enforcing UK judgments in EU Member States, they should commence proceedings before the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. But, it asks, what if that is impractical, and what about disputes that arise in the future? It sets out to explain the options for the UK and EU, and what parties should do while the uncertainty continues.

https://www.clydeco.com/en/brexit/2020/07/brexit-fog-and-uk-court-judgments

US: CREATION OF A NEW HONG KONG-RELATED SANCTIONS PROGRAMME

On 17 July, Crowell & Moring published a briefing saying that while the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and the Executive Order contain a number of elements that are not sanctions-related, the briefing highlights the key sanctions aspects.

https://www.cmtradelaw.com/2020/07/creation-of-a-new-hong-kong-related-sanctions-program/

MARYLAND ANNOUNCES $500 MILLION CORONAVIRUS UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD

On 16 July, Fox News reported that the Maryland Governor announced that state officials had uncovered a massive fraudulent scheme involving 47,500 falsified unemployment insurance claims, adding up to more than $501 million.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/maryland-announces-500m-coronavirus-unemployment-fraud-bust

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ALGERIAN EX-MINISTER DIES OF COVID-19 IN JAIL

On 18 July, France 24 reported that former telecom minister Moussa Benhamadi, 67, who was close to ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, contracted the virus earlier this month. Moussa Benhamadi had been held in pre-trial detention at El Harrach prison since September 2019 as part of an investigation into corruption involving the Algerian high-tech firm Condor Electronics.

https://www.france24.com/en/20200718-algerian-ex-minister-dies-of-covid-19-in-jail

BERMUDA: REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES WILL OVERSEE DEALERS IN HIGH-VALUE GOODS

On 18 July, the Royal Gazette reported that the supervisory function will transfer from the Financial Intelligence Agency under the Registrar of Companies (Supervision and Regulations) Bill and will widen the role of the Registrar of Companies in assisting with the detection and prevention of financial crime.

http://www.royalgazette.com/politics/article/20200718/house-efforts-to-detect-financial-crime

MEXICO PUTS ARMY IN CHARGE OF CUSTOMS AT SEAPORTS TO FIGHT DRUGS TRADE

Vatican News on 18 July reported that Mexico`s President is placing the Army in charge of Customs at its borders and sea ports, signalling a major direction shift in law and order, and saying it is because of the poor administration of sea ports, with corruption and drug smuggling.  This move has not yet been extended to airports.

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2020-07/mexico-drugs-trade-customs-army.html

AIDE TO FORMER MALAWIAN PRESIDENT REARRESTED

On 18 July, the VoA reported that Malawi police have rearrested former President Peter Mutharika’s bodyguard, this time on a charge of attempted murder, said to be part of an initiative to fight corruption left over from the Mutharika administration. Chisale had been arrested on fraud and money laundering charges related to a cement import investigation, but a court had granted him bail.

https://www.voanews.com/africa/aide-former-malawian-president-rearrested

CANADA: CALGARY MAN ACCUSED OF USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO FILE $760,000 IN FALSE TAX REFUNDS

On 18 July, Canoe.com reported that Chun Zhu (aka Ted Zhu) has been charged with the alleged operation of an employment scam that involved filing more than 300 phoney tax returns claiming $760,000 in refunds.  He had collected the personal information of applicants who responded to fake job postings he created, starting in March 2018.

https://canoe.com/news/calgary-man-accused-of-using-stolen-identities-to-file-760000-in-false-tax-refunds/wcm/b664a41d-b239-43d6-bd75-8dfc72db8fbb

PODCAST: NORTH KOREA’S ILLICIT MARITIME ACTIVITIES IN VIOLATION OF UN SANCTIONS

On 2 July, the Small Arms Survey released this 40-minute podcast which focuses on North Korea’s illicit maritime activities in violation of UN sanctions – what these activities are; how they relate to the UN sanctions regime on North Korea in general as well as the arms embargo in particular; how North Korea tries to circumvent these restrictions; and the tools available to monitor and address the situation.

http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/resources/multimedia/podcasts/podcast-50.html

THE NEW SLAVERY: KENYAN WORKERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

On 30 June, ENACT Africa published a policy brief which focuses on the criminals who continue to drive the market for Kenyan workers in the Middle East and examines attempts by the government and other stakeholders to outlaw the practice.  While the measures in place are commendable, it argues that they are inadequate. Many gaps still enable criminals to continue operating in a lucrative, quasi-regulated market. The field study conducted revealed that human trafficking persists in Kenya.

https://enact-africa.s3.amazonaws.com/site/uploads/2020-06-30-east-africa-trafficking-policy-brief.pdf

HOW COVID-19 IS FUELLING THE TRAFFICKING OF FAKE CHLOROQUINE IN SENEGAL

On 6 July, an article in ENACT Africa says that chloroquine, a drug that some say may treat COVID-19, is in high demand in the Senegalese capital Dakar. Criminal networks have cashed in on the population’s eagerness to acquire the drug. They have developed a parallel economy by trafficking and selling a substandard version of chloroquine. Counterfeit chloroquine is smuggled into Senegal by truck drivers carrying fruit from Guinea.

https://enactafrica.org/enact-observer/how-covid-19-is-fuelling-the-trafficking-of-fake-chloroquine-in-senegal

US OPENS DOOR TO NORD STREAM 2 SANCTIONS AND ATTENDANT TRANSATLANTIC TENSIONS

On 15 July, a post from the Atlantic Council concerned with revised US State Department guidance which also affects the second line of TurkStream, another pipeline project by Russian company Gazprom that connects Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea, for onward transmission to Europe. It notes that, due to a low threshold value, as a practical matter, any significant work done to advance the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project may be sanctionable. It says that, on the face of it, this is a major escalation in the Nord Stream II saga by Secretary Pompeo and the Trump Administration. It says that, at present, it remains unclear whether Secretary Pompeo and the Trump administration intend to impose sanctions on German companies over a pipeline project that sanctions alone are unlikely to fully stop – but that the announcement and the revised guidance are likely to be more messaging than a true indication of impending sanctions, and the administration’s calculus is that the more significant threat of sanctions will cause enough disruption to the project that it is delayed (e.g. beyond the US election).

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/us-opens-door-to-nord-stream-ii-sanctions-and-transatlantic-tensions/

STRATEGIES FOR REFORMING AFGHANISTAN’S ILLICIT NETWORKS

On 15 July, a report from the Atlantic Council explores illicit networks in Afghanistan in the context of peacebuilding, democratic consolidation, and enhancing state capacity.  It says that the issue is it is an internationalised one, encompassing the smuggling of different goods and involving individuals of varying motivations and capacities within and without Afghanistan. It categorises illicit networks as being at 3 broad  levels: hyper-local, national, and international. For the latter, it says that actors with reach outside of the country move illicitly-gained goods such as poppy, talc, methamphetamine, minerals, and others, as well as people via human trafficking, into trading hubs in Iran, Pakistan, and the Gulf for export into international markets. They then use poorly regulated financial institutions throughout the world (notably, Western and Gulf banking systems) to store funds, some of which make their way back to Afghanistan.  The report outlines several specific policy recommendations that will be necessary to combat the illicit networks in a manner that supports the durability of the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan and the continued consolidation of its fragile democratic institutions. These include outside countries acting to cut off regional and international components of networks to reduce viability and profitability via neighbourhood watchdogs, in conjunction with the US.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/strategies-for-reforming-afghanistans-illicit-networks/

SAMPLING STUDY OF THE CURRENT CANNABIDIOL MARKETPLACE TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT THAT PRODUCTS ARE MISLABELED OR ADULTERATED

This report by the US FDA was presented to committees of the US Congress.  The report found that, for example, of the 102 products that indicated a specific amount of CBD, 18% contained less than 80% of the amount of CBD indicated on its label, 45% contained CBD within 20% of the amount indicated, and 37% contained more than 120% of the amount of CBD indicated.

https://hempsupporter.com/assets/uploads/CBD-Marketplace-Sampling_RTC_FY20_Final.pdf

AN ALLEGED NARCO-MONEY LAUNDERER AND AN ALLEGED COMPUTER HACKER EXTRADITED FROM CYPRUS TO THE US

On 18 July, a news release from the US DoJ advised that –

  • Ghassan Diab, 37, a Lebanese national alleged to have conspired to engage in, and actually engaged, in the laundering of drug proceeds through the use of the black market peso exchange in support of Hezbollah’s global criminal-support network; and
  • Joshua Polloso Epifaniou, 21, a Cypriot national who is wanted for alleged cyber intrusion and extortion,

have been extradited from Cyprus to the US.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-alleged-criminals-hezbollah-associated-narco-money-launderer-and-computer-hacker

 

 

 

 

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