On 28 September, The Diplomat reported that US citizen Virgil Griffith had pleaded guilty to providing technical advice to North Korea on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions. He will be sentenced in January. He travelled to North Korea in April 2019 to attend and present at the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference where it is said that he worked with “others” to provide cryptocurrency services aimed at assisting North Korea in evading sanctions.
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On 28 September, Yahoo Finance reported that EU finance ministers are set to remove the Seychelles, Dominica and Anguilla from the blacklist of tax havens, while Panama has failed in its request to be delisted. The Seychelles has been widely described as a tax haven for its very favourable tax treatment of offshore companies, but EU experts recommended its delisting “following the resolution of the issue concerning harmful preferential tax regimes”. The other countries or protectorates on the EU blacklist are American Samoa, Fiji, Guam, Palau, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, the US Virgin Islands, and Vanuatu.
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