All the newspapers here have major coverage of the death of the Queen (as President Macron and John Major have both pointed out, to many people around the world she was just “THE Queen”), with special features etc. The local TV also ran video of her visit to the country in the 1950s.
In other news, the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has confirmed 4,887 cases of dengue so far this year, with 12 cases said to be serious, and with 3 fatalities. The ministry has emphasised preventive measures, to stop the mosquito breeding – inside the house, clean the bug screen meshes, windows and doors; change the water of any vases, dishes, pots and pets’ bowls; outside the house, ensure that any water containers are well covered; along with roof channels, saucers and plants with stems that accumulate water.
9 SEPTEMBER 2022
SOUTH KOREAN ARMS FIND INTEREST IN EUROPE AMID UKRAINE WAR
On 9 September, Nikkei Asia reported that Hyundai, Hanwha, KAI have won orders in Poland, but other countries also tempted. It says that the country is bringing its technological and military-industrial strengths to bear on the global arms industry as South Korean defence companies expand in Europe, where military spending is rising after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
CRYPTOASSET SEIZURES AND FORFEITURES: US AND UK ENFORCEMENT OVERVIEW
On 7 September, an article from Skadden analyses tools and procedures that enforcement authorities in the US and UK may use to seize and forfeit cryptoassets and provides an overview of related regulatory developments in these jurisdictions.
PANAMA: 5 FORMER MARTINELLI ADMINISTRATION MINISTERS FACE EMBEZZLEMENT TRIAL
On 8 September, Newsroom Panama reported that 5 former ministers of the government of Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) are among 49 facing trial for alleged embezzlement, as part of the case of the irregular sale of grain through the defunct National Aid Program (PAN).
CLAIMS OVER ODEBRECHT CORRUPTION DURING TORRIJOS ADMINISTRATION
On 9 September, Panama America reported on claims of how the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht distributed bribes since 2007 in Panama, including to the then-President and Vice-President.
COLOMBIA WILL FOCUS ITS ANTI-DRUG FIGHT ON WEAKENING TRAFFICKERS’ FINANCIAL POWER AND WILL CONTINUE FORCED ERADICATION OF COCA CROPS
On 8 September, Reuters reported that the new national police director made these comments, notwithstanding that new President Gustavo Petro has promised changes to the anti-narcotics fight, saying the decades-long war on drugs has failed, and to seek peace with the country’s armed groups
SOUTH AFRICA: GOVERNMENT SAYS IT IS COMMITTED TO ELIMINATING ILLEGAL MINING
On 9 September, Defence Web reported that the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has warned that if not abated, illegal mining “will reach crisis proportions” and poses a “threat to national security, government authority and socio-economic development”.
KEYSTROKE MONITORING LAWSUITS — WHAT COMPANIES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHATBOTS
On 9 September, an article from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck said that recently multiple class actions have been filed in California against a variety of companies which allege that the defendants secretly deploy “keystroke monitoring” software that is used to intercept, monitor and record communications with visitors to their websites. It warns that any company that uses chatbots is a potential target of these class action lawsuits.
EU REPORT: INCREASED MOMENTUM IN FDI REGULATION AND SCREENING
On 8 September, White & Case reported that the EU Commission had issued its second annual report under the Foreign Direct Investments Screening Regulation which covers the 2021 period and provides an overview of FDI trends and screening in the EU27, as well as emerging developments in national screening mechanisms. The reportsays that there is room for improvement in terms of best practices in Member States.
LIECHTENSTEIN ASKS LEBANON TO HELP INVESTIGATE LEBANON’S CENTRAL BANKER
On 9 September, OCCRP reported that a judge in Liechtenstein is investigating money transfers between companies owned by Lebanon’s central bank governor Riad Salame and the brother of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati. A request for mutual legal assistance had been sent to Lebanese authorities.
MONTENEGRO SEIZES ILLEGAL CIGARETTES WORTH $3 MILLION
On 9 September, OCCRP reported that Montenegrin authorities seized in the Port of Bar more than 5,000 packages of illegal tobacco products bound for Serbia. It is reported that the illicit cigarettes belonged to the Serbia-registered company of a Montenegrin businessman. It is said that the cigarettes were reportedly first loaded at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port in June, and the cigarettes then appeared in the Greek port of Piraeus in mid-July, where they were loaded onto a ship for despatch to the Port of Bar.
STEVE BANNON INDICTED OVER $15 MILLION OBTAINED FROM US POLITICAL DONORS UNDER A “WE BUILD THE WALL” CAMPAIGN
On 8 September, Jurist reported that the former strategist to former President Donald Trump had surrendered to authorities in New York.
UK: MAN ARRESTED OVER ALLEGED LIBERIAN CIVIL WAR CRIMES
On 8 September, Police Professional reported that a suspect in his forties was detailed in Newcastle.
INDIAN GOVERNMENT LOSING MILLIONS IN TAX REVENUE DUE TO NON-LICENSED OFFSHORE LOTTERIES
On 8 September, Asia Gaming Brief reported that an alarming increase in offshore lotteries is a major cause of concern for many Indian state governments as it causes revenue leakage from state coffers. Despite many stern measures taken by the state governments to prevent it, offshore lotteries remain largely prevalent.
HOW THE CRYPTOCURRENCY COMMUNITY IS MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR NORTH KOREAN HACKERS TO PROFIT
On 8 September, Chainalysis reported that it is estimated that so far in 2022, North Korea-linked groups have stolen approximately $1 billion of cryptocurrency from DeFi protocols. However, with the help of law enforcement and leading organisations in the cryptocurrency industry, more than $30 million worth of cryptocurrency stolen by North Korean-linked hackers has been seized. The article reports on this recovery from the Lazarus group theft.
GERMANY LEADS THE EU IN IMPLEMENTING 15% GLOBAL MINIMUM TAX
On 8 September, the FACT Coalition reported that Germany has expressed its intention to move forward with a crucial piece of the OECD’s global tax agreement, introducing legislation to create a minimum corporate tax with or without the rest of the EU.
FDIC/FinCEN DIGITAL IDENTITY TECH SPRINT – KEY TAKEAWAYS AND SOLUTION SUMMARIES
On 9 September, FinCEN provided an updated on the joint “Tech Sprint”, through which FDIC and FinCEN challenged teams to develop solutions to help measure the effectiveness of digital identity proofing — the first step in the creation and use of digital identity credentials. Identity proofing is a process used to collect, validate, and verify information to establish that the identity is unique, exists in real world, and is bound to an individual.
US: GUAM FEDERAL COURT FINDS HANSEN HELICOPTERS AND ITS CEO GUILTY ON ALL 110 CHARGES RELATED TO CONSPIRACY; DEFRAUDING THE FAA AND THE NTSB; BRIBERY; AIRCRAFT PARTS FRAUD, CAUSING SERIOUS BODILY INJURY AND DEATH; FALSIFICATION OF AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION; EMPLOYING UNLICENSED MECHANICS AND PILOTS; WIRE FRAUD; AND MONEY LAUNDERING
On 9 September, AIN Online reported that the court had found the company and John D “Jon” Walker and that the government is seeking forfeiture of all of Hansen’s and Walker’s assets related to what it charged is $400 million worth of fraud tied to the convictions. It is claimed that Walker used the illicit proceeds to fund off-road racing and acquire a fleet of personal aircraft.
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