The OPCW has released a 4-minute video about the classification of chemicals into ‘Scheduled Chemicals’ under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the differences between Schedule 1, Schedule 2, and Schedule 3 chemicals.
In its 16 November edition, the Canberra Times reported that billions in Australian funds are at risk of being misused as transparency experts warned bribery and corruption were devastating the region’s post-COVID recovery. New figures reveal Pacific Islanders have reported higher rates of corruption and bribery than any other region in the world as outlined in a new report by Transparency International Australia.
On 15 November, both HM Treasury and OFAC announced sanctions following what are described as the recent sham elections, orchestrated by President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo. OFAC has designated the Public Ministry (Ministerio Publico de Nicaragua) and 9 government officials. The individuals are – Luis Angel Montenegro Espinoza; Jose Adrian Chavarria Montenegro; Rodolfo Francisco Lopez Gutierrez: Jose Antonio Castaneda Mendez; Mohamed Farrara Lashtar; Salvador Mansell Castrillo; Sadrach Zeledon Rocha; Leonidas Centeno Rivera; and Francisco Ramon Valenzuela Blandon.
HM Treasury issued a Notice identifying 8 individuals – Lumberto Ignacio CAMPBELL HOOKER; Fidel de Jesus DOMINGUEZ ALVAREZ; Ana Julia GUIDO OCHOA; Fidel Antonio MORENO BRIONES; Rosario Maria MURILLO ZAMBRANA; Gustavo Eduardo PORRAS CORTES; Alba Luz RAMOS VANEGAS; and Juan Antonio VALLE VALLE.
The NCA has published the latest edition of this newsletter. It includes features on the illegal trade in wildlife, focusing on a specific piece of analysis of SAR data conducted by the UKFIU on this crime. It also includes an article from one of its key partners in this area, the National Wildlife Crime Unit, on the work that they do.
On 12 November, Legal Futures reported that regulatory oversight body, the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS), says that there are “differing levels of achievement and some significant weaknesses” among the UK’s legal regulators in their approach to AML. Overall, it found that the vast majority (just over 80%) of professional body supervisors across the legal and accountancy sectors had not implemented an effective risk-based approach – although it said the legal sector has “more effective supervision” than the accountancy sector.
On 4 November, Waste Management Review reported that Australia’s tyre export ban on whole-baled waste tyres begins on 1 December and exporters require a licence to continue to export tyres overseas. The export of waste tyres is to be banned except for tyres that have been processed into crumbs, buffings, granules or shreds; tyres that have been processed into fuel; tyres exported for re-treading and tyres that will be re-used on vehicles overseas.