On 20 May, the Daily Mail reported that Rio de Janeiro police and state prosecutors said in a statement that Ary Graça, who has headed FIVB since 2012, and 9 other people are suspected of tax fraud, money laundering and identity fraud.
On 19 May, FATF published a report on the AML/CFT evaluation of the DRC (available in English and French). The all-important effectiveness ratings are shown as “Low” in each category. The evaluation was undertaken by the Action Group against Money Laundering in Central Africa (GABAC), a Specialised Institution of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and, since 2015, a FATF-Style Regional Body (FSRB). The DRC report is the first of a series of second round evaluations to be carried out by GABAC. The report makes clear that the e DRC faces a range of factors that expose it to the criminal activities and money laundering and the financing of terrorism, with widespread corruption which creates an environment conducive to crime and money laundering activities. In addition, the country suffers from the illegal exploitation of natural resources; and wildlife and timber crime, and is also exposed to the threats of terrorism and its financing due to the presence of armed groups and gangs that can exploit various illicit trafficking activities and its immediate geographical and security environment, including the instability of some neighbouring countries accentuated by the porous nature of its borders.
On 20 May, OFAC advised that 2 Yemeni nationals had been added to its sanctions lists. One of them is Muhammad Abd Al-Karim al-Ghamari, described as a senior Houthi military official overseeing group’s offensive operations
A report from the NGO TRAFFIC says that new research reveals how traffickers are robbing the world’s most wildlife-rich region of its natural wealth. Mexico, Brazil and Colombia see the highest number of wildlife trafficking instances in aviation according to the data, often to supply countries less commonly associated with illegal wildlife trade, including the Netherlands, Germany and the US. The report is said to be the most comprehensive assessment of wildlife trafficking by air in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region to date.
On 19 May, the Wall Street Journal reported that the State Department had named Nord Stream 2 AG, the Swiss-registered Russian company behind the project, as well as its CEO, Matthias Warnig, as having knowingly engaged in sanctionable activity but waived the application of these sanctions on national-security grounds.