THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – JANUARY 25

Panama Covid-19 update – the Omicron wave continues, with reports in the media about the adverse effects on the tourism industry – this being the “Summer” time here. That said, where I am seems reasonably busy, with many foreigners – Dutch, German, French, American, as well as a scattering of locals.

However, there were another 9,241 new cases reported today and another 15 fatalities. There are now said to be 78,917 active cases, with 88 in ICU and 745 in other wards. Testing still returns a high positive result, with 25,555 tests showing a 36.2% positive result.

25 JANUARY 2022

INDONESIA’S DRIVE TO LIFT RESOURCE CURSE SHAKES GLOBAL PRODUCERS

Nikkei Asia reports that Indonesia is set to essentially ban exports of unprocessed minerals – including tin, bauxite, gold and copper, crucial materials for global industries – in the middle of 2023. Should the policy take force, its impact will be immeasurable: Some of the minerals are critical to electric vehicles, advanced semiconductors and other leading industries of the 21st century.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Asia-Insight/Indonesia-s-drive-to-lift-resource-curse-shakes-global-producers

BURKINA FASO MILITARY SAYS IT HAS SEIZED POWER

On 24 January, the BBC and others reported the coup in Burkina Faso.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-60118993

LANDLOCKED MALI TURNS TO NEIGHBOURS TO SIDESTEP TRADE SANCTIONS

On 19 January, Bloomberg reported that Mali says it’s secured support from Guinea and Mauritania to sidestep sanctions.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-19/landlocked-mali-turns-to-neighbors-to-sidestep-trade-sanctions

UK REMOVES 1 NAME FROM ISIL/AL-QAIDA SANCTIONS LIST

On 25 January, a Notice from HM Treasury advised that Khalil Ben Ahmed Ben Mohamed JARRAYA had been removed from its sanctions lists.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1049829/Notice_ISIL__Da_esh__and_Al-Qaida_250122.pdf

https://www.statista.com/chart/26668/main-import-countries-sources-africa/

MONEYVAL PUBLISHES TYPOLOGIES REPORT ON AML/CFT SUPERVISION IN TIMES OF CRISIS

On 25 January, MONEYVAL published a new guide which aims to help authorities conduct effective AML/CFT supervision in times of crisis or difficult external factors. It is based on information collected from supervisors across MONEYVAL jurisdictions and other international actors on the measures they have taken to overcome the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including operational limitations, notably the physical movement restrictions impeding the execution of on-site visits, limited human resources and technical complications. MONEYVAL member States and territories will be invited to provide feed-back on the use of its findings in one year.

https://rm.coe.int/typologies-report/1680a54995

UK MINISTER RESIGNS OVER “WOEFUL” HANDLING OF COVID-RELATED FRAUDS

On 25 January, the Insurance Times reported that Lord Theodore Agnew had resigned in protest at the handling of Covid-related fraud in support schemes.

https://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/news/uk-anti-fraud-minister-resigns-over-governments-woeful-handling-of-covid-business-loan-fraud/1440103.article

3 REASONS JAMAICA SLIPPED IN 2021 CORRUPTION RANKING

On 25 January, The Gleaner carried an article dealing with the comments of the principal director of the National Integrity Action (NIA) Professor Trevor Munroe has asserted that Jamaica’s score and rank on the 2021 Corruption Perception Index (CPI).  Jamaica fell to 70th in 2021 from 69th out of 180 countries in 2020.

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20220125/three-reasons-jamaica-slipped-2021-corruption-ranking

FUGITIVE GUATEMALA MINISTER SURRENDERS AMID ATTACKS ON JUSTICE SYSTEM

On 25 January, Insight Crime reported that fugitive former minister, José Luis Benito Ruiz, linked to a multi-million dollar cash seizure has turned himself over to Guatemalan authorities at an opportune time – after the anti-impunity unit investigating his case has been gutted.

https://insightcrime.org/news/fugitive-guatemala-minister-turns-opportune-time

AFTER A RECORD 2021 – ANTWERP PORT STARTS 2022 WITH 657 KG SEIZURE OF COCAINE

On 24 January, the Brussels Times reported the latest large seizure of cocaine in a metal shipment from Brazil.

https://www.brusselstimes.com/203066/657-kg-of-cocaine-seized-at-antwerp-port

EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S ANNUAL RULE OF LAW REPORTS: A NEW MONITORING TOOL

On 25 January, the EU Parliament Research Service said that the annual rule of law reports, launched by the Commission in September 2020, are a new addition to the European institutions’ rule of law toolbox. The exercise can be described as a monitoring tool, as it collects data on the state of the rule of law in each of the 27 EU Member States but without drawing legal conclusions or giving specific recommendations.  They cover 4 subject areas in all 27 Member States: (i) justice systems; (ii) the anti-corruption framework; (iii) media pluralism; and (iv) other institutional issues related to checks and balances.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2022/698891/EPRS_BRI(2022)698891_EN.pdf

UN DELETES 1 NAME FROMISIL/AL-QAIDA SANCTIONSLIST

On 25 January, the UN reported that the relevant Sanctions Committee had deleted Khalil Ben Ahmed Ben Mohamed JARRAYA from its sanctions lists.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2022/sc14773.doc.htm

NIGERIA: COURT ORDERS ARREST OF EX-PETROLEUM MINISTER

On 24 January, the Vanguard reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has issued a warrant for the arrest of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the UK.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/01/breaking-money-laundering-court-orders-arrest-of-ex-petroleum-minister-diezani/

ARMS SALES RISK INDEX

On 18 January, the Cato Institute published the 2021 edition of this report which measures the factors linked to negative outcomes of arms sales, such as dispersion, diversion, and the misuse of weapons by recipients, the index provides a way to assess the risk involved with selling arms to another nation.  It is said that the report includes a special section focused on the risks associated with the sale and transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW).  It says that though major conventional weapons like fighter jets, anti‐​aircraft missile systems, and tanks comprise most US arms sales from a financial perspective, SALW are far more likely to wind up in the wrong hands and to be used in ways that the US does not intend.  The US remains the world’s dominant exporter of weapons, and its share of the global arms market in 2020 was 41%.  It concludes that, to date, the Biden administration has continued Trump administration policies that increase the risks from arms sales in general and from SALW in particular.

https://www.cato.org/study/2021-arms-sales-risk-index#conclusion

CHILE’S DRUGS MICROTRAFFICKING ZERO PROGRAMME: SUCCESS OR FAILURE?

On 24 January, Insight Crime reported that, after 7 years in action, Chile’s hardline strategy to rid the country of low-level drug peddling has been lauded as a success and even replicated abroad. But is the tough stance really working?

https://insightcrime.org/news/chiles-microtrafficking-zero-program-success-or-failure/

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX

On 25 January, Transparency International released its latest edition of the Index, saying that the latest analysis shows that unchecked transnational corruption also enables human rights violations around the world.  It says that results over the past decade demonstrate that top-scoring countries have little to show for their efforts to protect the integrity of their own public sectors.  Their backsliding offers a cautionary tale about complacency, which is detrimental not only to global anti-corruption efforts but also to top-scoring countries’ own affairs, and government leaders in several countries got caught bending the rules.

https://www.transparency.org/en/news/cpi-2021-trouble-at-the-top

https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2021

SWITZERLAND HAS MANDATED HUMAN RIGHTS DUE DILIGENCE

A post on the FCPA Blog on 25 January advised that, from 1 January, new rules have now become a reality for certain Swiss companies.  The post contains an overview of key provisions and concepts that are now applicable.

https://fcpablog.com/2022/01/25/switzerland-now-has-mandated-human-rights-due-diligence/

MIAMI GOLD HAULER CUTS PLEA DEAL IN HUGE SOUTH AMERICAN-CARIBBEAN MONEY -LAUNDERING CASE

On 25 January, the Miami Herald reported on a trucking company owner charged with playing a supporting role in a gold smuggling scheme spanning South America, the Caribbean and South Florida that had pleaded guilty to submitting false customs documents that concealed the true origins of the gold being imported through Miami International Airport.  He admitted as part of his plea agreement that he helped import thousands of kilos of gold valued at $140 million into the US from Curaçao, knowing that the customs paperwork falsely represented its origins.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article257691638.html#storylink=cpy

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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