On 12 April, Rferl reported that Canada has halted some military exports to Turkey after a probe confirmed Canadian drone technology was used by Azerbaijan in last year’s fighting with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. It had suspended military export permits to Turkey last October pending an investigation. This found credible evidence that Canadian technology exported to Turkey was used in Nagorno-Karabakh. The export ban includes camera components used in Turkish drones. Canada had previously suspended export licenses during a Turkish military incursion into Syria against Kurdish forces in 2019. Those restrictions were then eased, but reinstated during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
EU Regulation 2021/584/EU has added 8 persons and 3 entities to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 359/2011.
On 12 April, EurActiv reported that the coronavirus pandemic could fuel organised crime for years to come in Europe, a Continent already at “breaking point” from an unprecedented flood of cocaine, the EU’s policing agency has warned. Europol said increasingly violent criminal gangs are likely to muscle in on legitimate businesses left vulnerable by the economic damage caused by Covid-19. Europol said the drug trade in particular was fuelling corruption across the EU, which “affected everybody from dock workers to politicians” and was used in almost three-quarters of all serious crimes.
On 12 April, European Gaming reported that the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) in collaboration with the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) are publishing a document entitled The Business Risk Assessment which provides an overview of the key findings of Business Risk Assessments (BRA) carried out.
On 12 April, Radio New Zealand reported that a former government official has been tasked with reviewing New Zealand’s military exports controls regime. This came after it was reported that an Air New Zealand unit was carrying out repair work on planes for the Royal Saudi Navy.
On 12 April, various media reported that Norway had reportedly raised alarm over unhindered exploitation of dual-use technology by Pakistan in a bid to aid its nuclear programme – citing a threat assessment report by the Norwegian security agencies. Norway became the latest country to raise alarm over unhindered exploitation of dual-use technology by Pakistan.