EU AMENDS ENTRIES FOR 2 NAMES ON CYBER SANCTIONS LIST

EU Regulation 2020/1744/EU has amended the entries for 2 Chinese individuals on its sanctions lists – GAO Qiang and ZHANG Shilong.

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GAFILAT: MONEY LAUNDERING/TERRORIST FINANCING EMERGING THREATS LINKED TO COVID-19

On 6 October, Foodman CPAs & Advisors published an article saying that FATF-style regional body GAFILAT, the FATF of Latin America, had added a new Annex to its Money Laundering Regional Threat Report related to Covid-19 and which highlights how criminals are taking advantage of this difficult situation in order to make profits and transfer illicit sourced funds across multiple borders and jurisdictions. 

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/gafilat-identifies-money-laundering-80757/

The Report is at –

https://www.gafilat.org/index.php/es/biblioteca-virtual/gafilat/documentos-de-interes-17/estudios-estrategicos-17/3860-second-update-to-the-ml-reginoal-threat-report-gafilat-1/file

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FRANCE’S SARKOZY GOES ON TRIAL FOR CORRUPTION

On 22 November, Reuters reported that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career.  Prosecutors allege Sarkozy offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for judge Gilbert Azibert in return for confidential information about an inquiry into claims that Sarkozy had accepted illegal payments from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-sarkozy-trial-idUSKBN2820VB

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/22/nicolas-sarkozy-in-dock-as-historic-trial-over-corruption-finally-begins

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