HOW THE ‘FATHER’ OF IRAQ’S CIGARETTE SMUGGLERS BUILT AN EMPIRE

On 29 June, the New Arab published Part 1 of a feature based on an OCCRP investigation and concerned with Nizar Hanna Nasri, who it says sits atop an empire spanning pharmaceuticals, liquor imports, and real estate developments ā€“ but that his success was built on a far less visible foundation: a globe-spanning trade in black-market cigarettes.  It alleges that his facilities have fed billions of cigarettes into black markets from Cameroon to Moldova, and that OCCRP identified 4 counterfeit cigarette factories in Iraq linked to Nasri.  Publicly, Nasri is a real estate tycoon, bankrolling shopping malls, residential complexes, and office high-rises in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil.  It is said that industry sources estimate there are up to 6 illicit cigarette factories in operation in Iraq today, and these include 3 linked to the operation Nasri built.  It is claimed that, to build his international network, Nasri struck alliances with a wide range of smugglers, criminals, and high-level politicians. 

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/analysis/how-iraqs-cigarette-smugglers-built-empire

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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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