On 11 October, OFSI and HM Treasury published updated guidance for NGO and others on sanctions and export controls. It said that the guidance has been prepared primarily for International Non-Government Organisations (INGO) but it may apply to other sectors.
On 11 October, the EU added 8 names of individuals to its sanctions lists for actively supporting actions and implementing policies that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. The names include law enforcement officials – judges, prosecutors and security officers – responsible for enforcing Russian law in the illegally-annexed Crimea and Sevastopol. Those individuals have taken biased decisions in politically-motivated cases, and prosecuted or oppressed opponents of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol.
On 8 October, CNN reported that cargo documents and manifests, as well as eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence, confirm that arms were transported between Addis Ababa’s international airport and airports in the Eritrean cities of Asmara and Massawa on board multiple Ethiopian Airlines planes in November 2020 during the first few weeks of the Tigray conflict. Experts said the flights would constitute a violation of international aviation law, which forbids the smuggling of arms for military use on civil aircraft. The Biden Administration warned that reports that Ethiopian Airlines shuttled weapons to Eritrea as “incredibly grave” and warned that it was prepared to impose sanctions on Ethiopia and any other parties who prolonged the conflict in Tigray.
A news release from Europol on 11 October advised that law enforcement and judicial authorities from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands and Ukraine, supported by Europol and Eurojust, teamed up against an organised crime group involved in binary options fraud. The group was behind an online trading platform for financial services with binary options. Between May 2019 and September 2021, the criminal network lured German investors into making transactions worth a total of at least €15 million. The suspects advertised the financial services online and via social media, while using over 250 domain names.
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