OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – OCTOBER 19

As someone who seems to be something of a favourite for the local mosquito population, although only a spider bite has sent me to the doctor’s (so far), I was interested to read in the Guardian that a new study finds that some people really are “mosquito magnets” and it probably has to do with the way they smell…

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/oct/19/mosquito-magnets-human-smell-chemicals-skin-study

19 OCTOBER 2022

ARMS EXPORT CONTROL: POST-SHIPMENT ON-SITE INSPECTIONS

A new Policy paper from SIPRI says that among the key tools that states that export arms and military equipment can adopt to help to prevent and mitigate the diversion of military materiel are post-shipment on-site inspections.  These inspections involve the exporting state requiring and conducting physical checks on previously authorized and transferred military materiel on the territory of the importing state.  The wider use of post-shipment on-site inspections could help to prevent diversion of military materiel, and this Policy Paper reviews the barriers and challenges, and summarises the steps that have been taken at the national level to address them.  The Paper then examines the steps that have been taken and that could be taken at the multilateral level to expand discussion about post-shipment on-site inspections and help to support those states that are considering adopting this policy tool.  For each step, it presents a series of recommendations that could be taken forward by states, research institutes, or the executives or secretariats of relevant multilateral instruments or bodies.

https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/sipripp63_post-shipment_onsite_inspections.pdf

LET’S GET DIGITAL: INDIA EDGES TOWARD ‘e-RUPEE’

On 18 October, Nikkei Asia reported that India has started rolling out plans for a digital rupee, joining a wave of countries pushing to make payments more efficient through similar steps.  But uptake could be slow in a nation that has traditionally been heavily dependent on cash.  The central bank has announced “pilot launches” from next March.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Markets/Let-s-get-digital-India-edges-toward-e-rupee

UK: EXPORT CONTROL ORDER 2008 – CHANGES TO SCHEDULE 2 (MILITARY GOODS, SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY)

On 19 October, the ECJU published Notice to Exporters 2022/26 which advises of changes that implement changes to the list of defence-related products.  These reflect changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement munitions list.  They also implement changes to the European Common Military List, in accordance with the UK commitments under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notice-to-exporters-202226-export-control-order-2008-amendment/nte-202226-export-control-order-2008-amendment

JAPANESE GAMING BILLIONAIRE KAZUO OKADA ARRESTED AT MANILA AIRPORT

On 19 October, iGB reported that Kazuo Okada, 80, had been arrested by police arrested Kazuo Okada after he disembarked a flight from Haneda, Japan.  The Philippines Department of Justice had indicted him on “grave coercion” charges at the beginning of the month.

https://igamingbusiness.com/legal-compliance/legal/kazuo-okada-arrested-at-manila-airport-for-coercion

US: DoJ ASKS FOR STAY IN SEC StraightPath CIVIL CASE TO PREVENT INTERFERENCE WITH CRIMINAL PROBE

On 18 October, the Wall Street Journal reported that the DoJ had asked a federal judge to suspend the civil fraud case involving the founders of StraightPath Venture Partners LLC, which marketed funds to invest in pre-IPO shares, saying the proceeding could interfere with a related criminal investigation.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-prosecutors-intervene-in-straightpath-fraud-case-11666120256

EU PLANS TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON IRAN MILITARY LEADERS OVER DRONES IN UKRAINE

On 19 October, the Guardian reported that the EU plans to impose sanctions on 3 senior Iranian military commanders and the company that develops drones believed to have been used in Russia’s attacks. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/19/eu-plans-to-impose-sanctions-on-iran-military-leaders-over-drones

RUSSIAN ARCTIC COAL IS LOOKING FOR WAY OUT OF SANCTIONS

On 19 October, the Eye on the Arctic website reported that the launch of coal mining at the far northern Taymyr Peninsula was to lead to a boost in exports through the Northern Sea Route.  Now, mining company Severnaya Zvezda instead seeks new markets and ways to replace sanctioned technology.

https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2022/10/18/russian-arctic-coal-is-looking-for-way-out-of-sanctions/

VOLUNTARY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EU AND GUYANA ON FOREST LAW ENFORCEMENT, GOVERNANCE AND TRADE IN TIMBER PRODUCTS

EU Council Decision 2022/1974/EU authorises the signing on behalf of the EU of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and Guyana on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products (FLEGT) to the EU is hereby authorised, subject to the conclusion of the said Agreement.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.L_.2022.271.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2022%3A271%3ATOC

UK INSOLVENCY SERVICE: NEW INVESTIGATIVE POWERS

A post from the Insolvency Service on 19 October was concerned with the use of new powers to tackle directors from abusing the dissolution process and walking away without paying their debts.  It explores how the Insolvency Service secured 4 disqualifications in a relatively short amount of time using brand-new investigative powers.

https://insolvencyservice.blog.gov.uk/2022/10/19/new-investigative-powers-enforcement-success-thanks-to-teamwork/

SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA HAVE CAPTURED THE WORLD’S ATTENTION, BUT THE WORLD MUST NOT NEGLECT OTHER REGIMES

A Commentary from RUSI on 18 October says that, while sanctions against Russia remain the primary focus of the international community, a new UN report shows that international implementation of sanctions against North Korea continues to be patchy.  This is not so much down to a lack of political will, but rather a growing divide between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ on the front line of implementation.  It says that the mutual evaluation data shows stark differences between rich and poor countries when it comes to implementing proliferation financing-related requirements, further highlighting gaps that countries like North Korea can exploit.  Whereas nearly 70% of high-income countries were found to be ‘compliant’ or ‘largely compliant’, the same was true for only 10% of low-income countries.

https://rusi.org/explore-our-research/publications/commentary/haves-and-have-nots-sanctions-implementation

BURKINA FASO: SECOND COUP OF 2022 

On 19 October, a briefing from the House of Commons Library which discusses recent developments in Burkina Faso.

https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-9633/CBP-9633.pdf

PRESIDENT OF PERU ACCUSED OF LEADING A CORRUPTION RING

On 18 October, OCCRP reported that, after Peruvian lawmakers accused top prosecutor Patricia Benavides of belonging to a criminal organization, she filed an official accusation with the Congress against sitting President Pedro Castillo with Congress, demanding an investigation into potential graft in public works.

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16908-president-of-peru-accused-of-leading-a-corruption-ring

IRAQ: FINANCE MINISTRY DISCOVERS $2.5 BILLION STOLEN FROM GOVERNMENT ACCOUNT

On 18 October, OCCRP reported that an investigation by Iraq’s finance ministry has uncovered that $2.5 billion dollars were stolen from a government tax commission account by 5 companies, in what amounts to one of the largest corruption scandals in the country’s history; and embezzled from a government account at Baghdad’s Rafidain Bank — a state-owned bank and the largest in Iraq — between September 2021 and August 2022.

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16906-iraq-s-finance-ministry-discovers-2-5b-stolen-from-government-account

INTERPOL GLOBAL CRIME TREND REPORT: MORE THAN 60% OF RESPONDENTS RANK CRIMES SUCH AS MONEY LAUNDERING, RANSOMWARE, PHISHING AND ONLINE SCAMS AS HIGH OR VERY HIGH THREATS

On 19 October, a news release from INTERPOL announced that the first-ever Global Crime Trend report, saw more than 60% of respondents rank crimes such as money laundering, ransomware, phishing and online scams as high or very high threats.  More than 70% of respondents expect crimes such as ransomware and phishing attacks to increase or significantly increase in the next 3 to 5 years.

https://www.interpol.int/News-and-Events/News/2022/Financial-and-cybercrimes-top-global-police-concerns-says-new-INTERPOL-report

UK: LEGAL SERVICES EXEMPTION IN ‘FOREIGN AGENTS’ CLAMPDOWN

On 18 October, the Law Society Gazette reported that providers of legal services will be exempt from requirements to register as agents of a foreign power under proposed security legislation, the Foreign Influence Registration Scheme, under an amendment to the National Security Bill.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/legal-services-exemption-in-foreign-agents-clampdown/5114000.article

UKRAINE INVITES UN EXPERTS TO EXAMINE IRANIAN DRONE DEBRIS

On 19 October, Eurasia Review reported that Ukraine has invited UN experts to examine debris from what it says are Iranian-made drones sold to Russia in violation of international sanctions and used to attack Ukrainian towns and cities. 

https://www.eurasiareview.com/19102022-ukraine-invites-un-experts-to-examine-iranian-drone-debris/

Meanwhile, the Eurasia Review also reported that –

IRAN CLAIMS 22 COUNTRIES INTERESTED IN BUYING ITS DRONES

A high-ranking Iranian general highlighted the country’s progress in the drone industry, saying 22 foreign states are interested in purchasing Iranian UAV.

https://www.eurasiareview.com/19102022-iran-claims-22-countries-interested-in-buying-its-drones/

TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES EXECUTIVE INVESTIGATED FOR BRIBERY CASE

On 17 October, NHK reported that Japanese prosecutors appear to be investigating a fourth bribery case tied to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games involving a former executive of the events’ organising committee.  He is suspected to have received cash from a company that sold licensed merchandise related to the Games’ official mascots, and is believed to have told the organising committee that licensing contract screenings were too strict.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20221017_31/

US: AIRLINE MECHANICS SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY TO PURCHASE PRIVATE JET TO TRANSPORT COCAINE INTERNATIONALLY

A news release from US DoJ on 17 October advised that Jesus Enriquez Pimentel, a 41-year-old  Mexican had been sentenced to 5½ years in prison and Tomas Borjas Mendez, 38, from Texas, to 4½ years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine internationally. It is said that they tried to purchase a private passenger jet for users in Mexico. 

https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/airline-mechanics-sentenced-conspiracy-purchase-private-jet-transport-cocaine

THE RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY INVESTS IN LITHUANIA

On 16 October, a report from The Insider focussed on how millions made from Russian defence ministry contracts were said to have been invested in Lithuania, and how the owner of a modest business selling mopeds and spare parts had become fantastically rich, eventually becoming the beneficiary of several Lithuanian businesses with assets worth nearly €20 million in several parts of the Lithuanian capital.

https://theins.ru/en/corruption/256079

VIETNAM’S ONLINE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PHYSICAL-SHOP TRADERS AND ONLINE NETWORKS

On 18 October, a report from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime explored the landscape of Vietnam’s online illegal wildlife trade and the dynamic, changing relationship between physical-shop traders and online networks.  The online landscape uncovered during this study is cause for concern.  The internet and social media are used at nearly every level of the supply chain, from rural hunters and sellers to urban manufacturers of finished products and their distributors. In contrast to other illicit markets, where the internet is used as a mean of obfuscation or to provide the cover of anonymity, online illegal wildlife trade, this report finds, often takes place openly.

https://globalinitiative.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/GITOC-MMFU-Vietnams-virtual-landscape-for-illicit-wildlife-trading-A-snapshot-of-e-commerce-and-social-media.pdf

INTERPOL REPORTEDLY CREATES DEDICATED UNIT TO FIGHT CRYPTO CRIMES

On 18 October, Coin Telegraph reported that INTERPOL is reportedly planning to strengthen its crackdown on cryptocurrency-related crimes by forming a dedicated division.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/interpol-reportedly-creates-dedicated-unit-to-fight-crypto-crimes

HOW DO INDUSTRY LEADERS TALK ABOUT FACILITATING PAYMENTS?

On 19 October, a post on the FCPA Blog tracks how well-known companies handle facilitating payments under their anti-bribery compliance programs. 

https://fcpablog.com/2022/10/19/how-do-industry-leaders-talk-about-facilitating-payments/

PODCAST: WHEN COMPANIES NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS

In the latest TRACE podcast, investigative journalist Dorothee Myriam Kellou tells the story of the Lafarge plant in Syria that was ultimately taken over by ISIS. (This episode was originally published in 2018).

https://www.traceinternational.org/resources-podcast

UK: GATEHOUSE BANK HANDED £1.5 MILLION FINE BY FCA OVER “POOR” AML CHECKS

On 19 October, Fintech Futures reported that the regulator says that the bank “failed to conduct sufficient checks on its customers based in countries with a higher risk of money laundering and terrorist financing” between June 2014 and July 2017.

https://www.fintechfutures.com/2022/10/gatehouse-bank-handed-1-5m-fine-by-fca-over-poor-aml-checks/

https://www.statista.com/chart/28490/news-consumption-on-social-media/

FRENCH IDEA TO TAX PRIVATE JETS CAUSES TURBULENCE

On 18 October, EurActiv reported that executives who sell or use business jets expressed concern that a French proposal to tax corporate aircraft over greenhouse gas emissions is making their industry a “scapegoat,” following protests by climate activists in Europe.  France’s government has floated the prospect of new taxes, but a European official said that is unlikely.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/aviation/news/french-idea-to-tax-private-jets-causes-turbulence/

EUROPOL KEEPS WARY EYE ON THREAT FROM 3D-PRINTED GUNS

On 18 October, EurActiv reported that a growing number of seizures of guns made at home from 3D-printed parts are raising alarm bells for European police over an emerging threat.  It warns that “3D metallic printing” could become affordable in the next decade — which could make self-made weapons more durable and reliable.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/europol-keeps-wary-eye-on-threat-from-3d-printed-guns/

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN E-SPORTS AND GAMBLING LAWS IN SINGAPORE

On 19 October, an article from Hogan Lovells includes mention of a recent case which is notable for illustrating how actors in the growing e-sports sector in Singapore may infringe anti-corruption laws. The case is also notable in intersecting with the changing regulatory landscape in Singapore with respect to online gambling.

https://www.engage.hoganlovells.com/knowledgeservices/news/the-plays-the-thing-recent-developments-in-esports-and-gambling-laws-in-singapore

ALLEGED OneCoin ‘CRYPTOQUEEN’ ASSOCIATES FACE CHARGES IN GERMANY

On 19 October, Oodaloop reported that 3 people associated with notorious OneCoin founder Ruja Ignatova have appeared in a German court facing charges over their alleged roles in a multibillion-dollar fraud operation.  One man, a Munich lawyer who worked for Ignatova, is alleged to have transferred €20 million via the Cayman Islands on her behalf to buy 2 apartments in London.  The other 2 defendants are a husband and wife, who are accused of handling €320 million worth of OneCoin customers’ money. 

https://www.oodaloop.com/technology/2022/10/19/alleged-onecoin-cryptoqueen-associates-face-charges-in-germany/

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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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