VIDEO: GREEK DIVER RECOVERS COCAINE SMUGGLED IN SHIP’S HULL

On 5 May, Dryad Global carried a feature and video illustrating the depths to which drug smugglers are going in their attempts to move their illicit cargo.  The Hellenic Coast Guard has released video of a drug seizure hidden underwater behind the grate on a water intake in a bulk carrier’s hull.

https://channel16.dryadglobal.com/video-greek-diver-recovers-cocaine-smuggled-in-ships-hull

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END OF ANNUAL REPORTING TO MONEYVAL SAID TO REFLECT POSITIVE PROGRESS FOR THE ISLE OF MAN

On 4 May, Finance Isle of Man (a Government agency) reported that the recent 61st MONEYVAL Plenary Council meeting confirmed that the Isle of Man is no longer required to report to MONEYVAL on an annual basis.  This decision is said to reflect the progress of the Isle of Man in developing its technical framework and provides reassurance to industry on the island.  However, it does admit that the Isle of Man is currently remains in the ‘enhanced follow-up’ process, as are many other countries, and that this will continue to be the case until a further on-site review takes place. 

https://www.financeisleofman.com/news/end-of-annual-reporting-to-moneyval-reflects-positive-progress-for-the-isle-of-man/

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HOW A COMPANY CAN MEASURE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ITS ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS

Transparency International in the UK has published a report called “Make it Count” explores why and how a company ought to measure the effectiveness of its approach to anti-corruption. We analyse what is understood by “measuring effectiveness”, highlight practical considerations, and provide examples of metrics that are proving useful for companies.

https://www.transparency.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdf/publications/Make%20it%20Count%20-%20Transparency%20International%20UK%20%28web%29.pdf

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DEALS BLOW TO UK’S LUGANO CONVENTION HOPES

On 4 May, the Law Society Gazette reported that the UK should not be allowed to join the Lugano Convention, the European Commission has said, in a potentially major blow to judicial cooperation across Europe.  The Convention is an agreement setting out which country’s courts may hear cross-border disputes and which decisions can be enforced.  Losing the Lugano framework means reverting to the national laws of each individual country to decide which court has jurisdiction over a legal issue and whether a judgment will be recognised.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/european-commission-deals-blow-to-uks-lugano-hopes/5108364.article

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