On 13 January, HM Treasury issued a Notice advising that the existing entries for Dmitry Vadimovich KOVTUN and Andrey Konstantinovich LUGOVOY have been amended following their designation under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations and are still subject to an asset freeze.
On 13 January, FATF-style regional body APG has published this typology report which examines what is known and unknown regarding financial profiles of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) connected to SE Asia and explores the collection and utilisation of financial intelligence related to FTF in the region. To assist APG members and the broader counter-terrorism community, this report includes recommendations on enhancing information exchange and feedback channels to improve the use of financial intelligence in identifying FTF and returnees. The report puts forward a number of recommendations for APG members, namely that there is a need to –
1. increase the understanding and awareness of the threats posed by returnees, including their financial linkages and support structures;
2. support the private sector in improving and refining their “red flags” to detect transaction patterns that could suggest foreign terrorist fighter and returnee activity;
3. strengthen feedback channels from law enforcement to support more effective high-quality analysis by FIU; and
4. continue to bolster mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of financial intelligence, including through public–private partnerships and ongoing regional forums.
On 13 January, Dentons reported that, on 7 January, the EU Commission officially removed Mauritius from its list of high-risk third countries which identifies third-country jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies in their AML/CFT regimes that pose significant threats to the financial system of the EU. The EU Regulation will add Burkina Faso, Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jordan, Mali, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal and South Sudan to the List and deletes The Bahamas, Botswana, Ghana, Iraq and Mauritius.
On 13 January, In-Cyprus reported that a follow-up report from MONEYVAL said that Cyprus has made some progress in improving its level of compliance with FATF standards on combatting money laundering and the financing of terrorism. However, it is also said that some shortcomings have still to be addressed. The First Enhanced Follow-up Report was published on 13 January. Following the report, Cyprus will remain in enhanced follow-up and will continue to report back to MONEYVAL on progress to strengthen its implementation of AML/CFT measures. Cyprus is expected to report back within 1 year’s time.
On 13 January, Eyewitness News reported that The Bahamas has been delisted from the EU AML Blacklist of countries, with the EU Commission having concluded that this nation has addressed the strategic deficiencies in its AML/CFT regime.
On 11 January, Dryad Global published a profile, saying that the fisheries sector matters for Cameroon’s maritime security since it makes a significant contribution to the economy, food security and local livelihoods. It says that IUU fishing and fisheries crime are 2 concepts increasingly being used to refer to a wide range of actions that directly or indirectly impact on fish value chains. It is said that the violation of fishing zones especially by industrial fishers was reported as the most recurrent illegal fishing problem; other prominent illegal practices are that of twin or pair trawling, and fishing in breeding grounds (especially mangrove forests) and the deliberate destruction of these to smoke fish. Bribery, extortion and corruption is also said to be rife.