MALDIVES FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT JAILED AGAIN FOR MONEY LAUNDERING

On 6 October, The Street Journal and others reported that Maldives former vice-president Ahmed Adeeb has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to graft, money laundering and abuse of power.  He was a close ally of ex-president Abdulla Yameen until Adeeb was jailed for allegedly trying to assassinate the strongman former ruler with a bomb on board his yacht in 2015.  The Criminal Court also fined Ahmed Adeeb $129,800 and the new prison sentence, which will be shortened by 1 year because he served time after a previous conviction on the same charges, also covered charges of corruption and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201006/p2g/00m/0in/127000c

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WEST AFRICA BLOC ECOWAS LIFTS POST-COUP SANCTIONS AGAINST MALI

On 6 October, Yahoo News and others reported that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that it was ending sanctions imposed against Mali after a military coup in August, saying it wished to back the return to civilian rule.  The 15-nation group had imposed tough sanctions against one of Africa’s poorest countries after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was ousted following mass protests.  The ECOWAS sanctions, imposed on August 20, included border closures and a ban on commercial trade and financial flows but not basic necessities, drugs, equipment to fight coronavirus, fuel or electricity.

https://news.yahoo.com/west-africa-bloc-ecowas-lifts-132842592.html

https://www.africanews.com/2020/10/06/ecowas-lifts-mali-sanctions/

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CANADA SUSPENDS ARMS EXPORTS TO TURKEY OVER ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN CONFLICT

CANADA SUSPENDS ARMS EXPORTS TO TURKEY OVER ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN CONFLICT

On 6 October, Middle East Monitor reported that Canada has suspended arms export permits to Turkey over concerns that it is using its technology in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. 

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1744921/middle-east

“TURKISH DEFENCE INDUSTRY MOVING ON DESPITE EMBARGOES”

On 6 October, the Anadolu Agency carried an article saying that Turkey’s defence industry is proceeding on its way regardless of embargo decisions, the head of the country’s Defense Industries Presidency has said.  He cited the CATS [Common Aperture Targeting System] cameras, for armed UAV, which are going into mass production.  This came after Canada announced it had suspended exporting some defence products to Turkey over an allegation that the “Canadian technology is used in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh”, with Turkey accusing Canada of double standards by suspending export permits of some military products.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/azerbaijan-front-line/turkish-defense-industry-moving-on-despite-embargoes/1997685

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