OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – OCTOBER 27

27 OCTOBER 2022

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INCOTERMS AND HOW TO USE THEM?

On 25 October, LegalVision in Australia published this short introduction to the important Incoterms for international trade.

https://www.mondaq.com/australia/international-trade-investment/1243794/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-incoterms-and-how-to-use-them

UK: FCA FINES MORTGAGE LENDER MILLIONS FOR MONEY LAUNDERING FAILURES

On 25 October, Rahman Ravelli reported on the fine imposed on Gatehouse Bank for significant weaknesses in its financial crime systems and controls.

https://www.mondaq.com/uk/white-collar-crime-anti-corruption-fraud/1244578/the-uk39s-financial-conduct-authority-has-fined-mortgage-lender-millions-for-money-laundering-failures

CHINA HAS ANNOUNCED A LARGE NUMBER OF ARRESTS AS PART OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO GANG-RELATED MONEY LAUNDERING USING VIRTUAL CURRENCIES

On 25 October, Rahman Ravelli published an article saying that China has said it has arrested 93 people suspected of involvement in a gang that laundered up to $5.6 billion using virtual currencies, and that they had been buying cryptocurrency with illicit funds for at least 4 years.

https://www.mondaq.com/china/crime/1243760/china-has-announced-a-large-number-of-arrests-as-part-of-an-investigation-into-gang-related-money-laundering-using-virtual-currencies 

US: EVERY STATE BUT ONE USES FEDERALLY BANNED FOREIGN TECH

On 26 October, the Defense One website reported that a report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology said that state and local government entities in nearly every state have purchased technologies from banned companies in recent years to support a host of public services – having purchased information and communications technology and services, or ICTS, from 5 banned Chinese companies between 2015 and 2021. 

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2022/10/the-d-brief-october-26-2022/378931/

https://cset.georgetown.edu/publication/banned-in-d-c/

US: EXPORT ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS (EAR) – FUNDAMENTALS & PRACTICE

On 26 October, Piper Alderman published an introduction to the EAR – the US regulatory regime that regulates the export and re-export of US items that have both commercial and military applications, commonly referred to as ‘dual-use’ items.

https://piperalderman.com.au/insight/export-administration-regulations-ear-fundamentals-practice/

NEW FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSFERRING DATA TO THE US

On 25 October, SKW Schwartz in Germany published an article saying that data transfer to the US continues to be a difficult issue for data subjects and European supervisory authorities; but then reports on a new transatlantic data protection agreement with the EU.  An Executive Order “on Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities” is intended to create a new legal framework for data transfer to the US.  However, the article also warns that, as of 27 December, data transfer to third countries may only take place on the basis of the new standard contractual clauses (SCC), which were issued by the EU Commission in June 2021.  After this deadline, all old clauses will lose their effectiveness.

https://www.skwschwarz.de/en/details/no-more-risks-when-transferring-data-to-the-usa

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/6-things-to-know-about-the-new-eu-u-s-6233218/

MONEY LAUNDERING TECHNIQUES #7 – REAL ESTATE, TRUSTS & THE NIGERIAN PRINCE

On 27 October, Baptiste Forestier published the latest of her informative pieces on money laundering techniques.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/money-laundering-techniques-6-real-estate-trusts-forestier-cams

PARAGUAY AIMS TO INCREASE CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR MONEY LAUNDERING

On 27 October, 5 Dias reported that the Secretariat for the Prevention of Money- and Property-Laundering (Seprelad) is to strengthen the criminal sanctions applied for money laundering offences.  This was announced as part of a campaign within the framework of the National Day for the Prevention of Money Laundering on 29 October.

https://www.5dias.com.py/locales/seprelad-apunta-aumentar-sanciones-penales-por-hechos-de-lavado-de-dinero

https://www.ultimahora.com/seprelad-lanza-una-campana-antilavado-n3029987.html

DANSKE BANK BOOKS $1.9 BILLION PROVISION TO SETTLE ESTONIA CASE

On 27 October, Yahoo Finance reported that the Danish lender has said on that it would book $1.9 billion provision in the third quarter for impending fines related to the bank’s involvement in a massive money laundering scandal in Estonia.

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/danske-bank-books-1-9-125619356.html

US: FORMER CANADIAN SAN DIEGO RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR FUNDING ISIS TERRORIST ACTIVITIES IN SYRIA

A news release from US DoJ on 17 October advised that a Canadian national and former resident of San Diego, had been sentenced in federal court to 20 years in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release, for conspiring with others to provide material support to terrorists engaged in violent activities such as murder, kidnapping and maiming of persons in Syria.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-san-diego-resident-sentenced-20-years-funding-isis-terrorist-activities-syria

CANADA HAS ADDED 23 PEOPLE AND 7 ENTITIES UNDER ITS IRAN SANCTIONS REGIME

On 27 October, the EU Sanctions blog reported that the new listings are in response to ongoing human rights violations in the country.

https://www.europeansanctions.com/2022/10/canada-adds-23-people-7-entities-to-iran-sanctions-list/

CHINA IS ACCUSED OF OPERATING ‘SECRET POLICE STATIONS’ IN BRITAIN

On 27 October, the Mail Online reported that a report from human rights organisation Safeguard Defenders claims that China is operating dozens of secret police stations in plain view by disguising them as British restaurants, estate agents and other ordinary businesses.  It warned China was operating more than 50 undeclared police hubs as part of a global network to force dissidents to return.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11360031/Civil-rights-group-claim-Chinas-Communist-party-using-anti-fraud-centres-London-Glasgow.html

AUSTRALIA: NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION BILL NEEDS A FEW TWEAKS

On 23 October, Transparency International reported that the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill, introduced by the Labour government at the end of September, is good. Very good. It ticks most of the boxes, including corruption prevention and education.  It’s 90% there.

https://transparency.org.au/national-anti-corruption-commission-bill-needs-a-few-tweaks/

UK SANCTIONS: TRANSPORT SANCTIONS – APPLY FOR A LICENCE

On 27 October, the Department for Transport issued updated guidance which added Russia to the list of countries where UK transport sanctions prohibit certain transport activities.  The guidance explains how to apply for a transport sanctions licence to carry out transport-related activities which would otherwise be prohibited.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-sanctions-apply-for-a-licence#full-publication-update-history

US: DoJ TARGETS DME FRAUD IN HEALTH AND DENTISTRY

On 27 October, Rivkin Radler published an article saying that the DoJ has been cracking down on fraud involving durable medical equipment (DME). 

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/fraud-week-doj-targets-dme-fraud-9524603/

JERSEY: FINANCIAL CRIME RISK ASSESSMENT EXTENDED

On 27 October, a news release advised that any Islander who is the non-professional trustee of a privately-administered trust is being asked to contribute to a Government assessment of the risk of financial crime posed by legal persons and arrangements.  The analysis of the assessment’s findings is due to be completed, and a report published, in 2023.

https://www.gov.je/News/2022/Pages/FinancialCrimeRiskAssessmentExtended.aspx

HONG KONG MEDIA TYCOON JIMMY LAI FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD

On 25 October, Jurist reported that Jimmy Lai, a pro-democracy activist and media entrepreneur, has been found guilty of fraud charges in a Hong Kong district court.  He also faces charges of collusion under Hong Kong’s National Security Law and sedition, and is already serving a prison sentence in Hong Kong for taking part in a vigil commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

https://www.jurist.org/news/2022/10/hong-kong-media-tycoon-found-guilty-of-fraud/

US CUSTOMS OFFICERS SEIZE ANOTHER 2,265 COUNTERFEIT DRIVER’S LICENCES

On 27 October, the North Kentucky Tribune reported that, for the second time in a week, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered 2,265 counterfeit driver’s licences inside an inbound package.  The shipment contained driver’s licences from all over the US.  All the driver’s licenses were concealed inside the shipment manifested as postcards to avoid detection.  The licences were arriving from Hong Kong and all lacked security features and were poor-quality.

https://www.nkytribune.com/2022/10/u-s-customs-seize-another-2265-counterfeit-drivers-licenses-at-louisvilles-port-of-entry/

SRI LANKA’S TUSSLE WITH BAD DEBT AND A BROKEN SYSTEM

A briefing from Control Risks on 27 October says that Sri Lanka’s government is implementing reforms to stabilise the economy after a preliminary agreement with the IMF.   The briefing looks at some of the key political and economic challenges that are likely to punctuate the country’s journey towards recovery and stability.

https://www.controlrisks.com/our-thinking/insights/lanka-liability-sri-lankas-tussle-with-bad-debt-and-a-broken-system

ISRAEL PRESENTING US WITH INTELLIGENCE ON IRANIAN DRONES USED IN UKRAINE

On 27 October, Eurasia Review reported that the Israeli President plans to share intelligence about Iranian drones being used by Russian forces in Ukraine when he meets with President Joe Biden.

https://www.eurasiareview.com/27102022-israel-presenting-us-with-intelligence-on-iranian-drones-used-in-ukraine/

BRAZIL: TOXIC AIRCRAFT CARRIER DANGEROUSLY DRIFTING AFTER WEEKS AT SEA

On 27 October, the Eurasia Review reported on the position of the aircraft carrier Sao Paolo.  The former French Navy Foch, built in 1963, was sold to Brazil in 2000.  However, in 2001 she was sold for scrapping, having suffered from unserviceability.  Turkey blocked its import due to concerns about potential harm to the marine environment from chemicals and asbestos aboard the vessel.  However, ports in Brazil then banned its re-entry.

https://www.eurasiareview.com/27102022-brazil-toxic-aircraft-carrier-dangerously-drifting-after-weeks-at-sea/

ELN GUERRILLAS OVERSEE RAMPANT CATTLE SMUGGLING BETWEEN COLOMBIA AND VENEZUELA

On 26 October, Insight Crime published an article saying that the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional) in helping to move cattle between Venezuela’s northern state of Apure and the neighbouring Colombian state of Arauca.

https://insightcrime.org/news/eln-oversees-rampant-cattle-smuggling-colombia-venezuela/

UK: JUSTICE COMMITTEE CALLS FOR CHANGES TO THE WAY IN WHICH THE UK FIGHTS FRAUD, ENSURING IT IS GIVEN GREATER PRIORITY AND RESOURCING ACROSS THE JUSTICE SECTOR TO BOOST PREVENTION, INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION ALONGSIDE IMPROVING TREATMENT FOR VICTIMS OF THIS CRIME

On 27 October, an article from Eversheds Sutherland reported on a Report which emphasises the need for a change in the UK’s counter-fraud philosophy and practice.

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/102/justice-committee/news/173618/justice-response-inadequate-to-meet-scale-of-fraud-epidemic/

https://www.eversheds-sutherland.com/global/en/what/articles/index.page?ArticleID=en/Corporate_Crime/Justice_Committee_calls_for_UK_Government_to_revolutionise_the_fight_against_fraud

THE CASE FOR DESIGNATING THE DONETSK AND LUHANSK PEOPLE’S MILITIAS AS FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS (FTO)

On 24 October, a post on Lawfare looks at the pros and cons of such a designation — and whether it would have any marginal value over and above the sanctions already in place.  It also provides a brief primer on the Donbas Region and the sanctions already in place.

https://www.lawfareblog.com/case-designating-donetsk-and-luhansk-peoples-militias-foreign-terrorist-organizations

RESEARCHERS CLAIM CANADIAN FORESTRY GIANT HAS HIDDEN LINKS TO INDONESIAN DEFORESTER 

On 24 October, ICIJ reported that environmental watchdogs allege that Paper Excellence and Asia Pulp & Paper used shell companies to conceal corporate control by the same Indonesian tycoons accused of clearing more than 2 million hectares of Indonesian rainforest.

https://www.icij.org/inside-icij/2022/10/researchers-claim-canadian-forestry-giant-has-hidden-links-to-indonesian-deforester-accused-of-destroying-habitat/

AIRBUS FACES FRESH BRIBERY SETTLEMENT

On 25 October, Yahoo Finance reported that French authorities are in talks with Airbus that could lead to the expansion of a record multi-national bribery settlement agreed in 2020.  This is said to be connected to alleged bribery in the sale of 21 jets to Libya in 2007, part of a wider probe into links with Libya under late leader Muammar Gaddafi.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/airbus-faces-fresh-bribery-settlement-151803892.html

PROJECT mBridge: CONNECTING ECONOMIES THROUGH CBDC

On 26 October, the Bank for International Settlements advised that a joint report by the BIS Innovation Hub Hong Kong Centre, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Bank of Thailand, the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China and the Central Bank of the UAE.  The project team developed a new blockchain – the mBridge Ledger – custom-built by central banks for central banks to serve as a specialised and flexible platform for implementation of multi-currency cross-border payments in central bank digital currencies (CBDC).

https://www.bis.org/publ/othp59.htm

CANADA: ‘CRYPTO KING’ NARROWLY AVOIDS ARREST BY HANDING OVER CELLPHONES TO BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING

On 26 October, CBC reported that Ontario’s self-described “Crypto King” was nearly arrested twice in the last 2 months for failing to comply with the bankruptcy proceeding against him and his company from 119 creditors who claim they’re owed more than $25 million.  It is said that the bankruptcy trustee investigating what happened to millions that creditors gave Aiden Pleterski to invest took the “extraordinary remedy” of requesting arrest warrants for the 23-year-old after he failed to hand over his cellphones and other devices as ordered.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/crypto-king-bankruptcy-cellphones-arrest-pleterski-1.6629423

ON THE CURRENT TRAJECTORY, GLOBAL PLASTIC WASTE WILL TRIPLE BY 2060

On 11 October, a blog post from the Wilson Center contained this prediction from the OECD, which predicts that this waste will triple by 2060 unless significant new mitigation efforts are undertaken.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/current-trajectory-global-plastic-waste-will-triple-2060

FORMER AFGHAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (SOF) – TRAINED BY THE US AND ITS ALLIES – ARE NOW FIGHTING IN UKRAINE ON BEHALF OF RUSSIA

On 26 October, The Drive reported that the last commander of Afghan troops says that the Afghans are among tens of thousands of former Afghan troops – including about 5,000 former special operations forces – who fled to Iran last year, many of whom are being recruited with offers of income and security for them and their families.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/ex-afghan-commandos-fighting-for-russia-in-ukraine-last-afghan-army-boss

MAPPING THE US ESCALATION LADDER AGAINST THE ORTEGA-MURILLO REGIME IN NICARAGUA

On 3 October, an article from CSIS says that since 2001 of Daniel Ortega as president and his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, the regime has further consolidated power, eviscerated democratic institutions, and committed rampant human rights abuses.  Recently, Nicaraguan authorities and their backers have stepped up attacks on the Catholic Church, detaining members of the clergy, imposing strict limits on the practice of religion, and in some cases, brutalising bishops, priests, and congregations.  It asks what can the US Government do to dial up the pressure on the Ortega regime?  It presents options within a series of levels, organized from 1 to 5, in ascending order, based on the feasibility of each action and the degree of impact that each one would be expected to have on the regime.

https://www.csis.org/analysis/mapping-escalation-ladder-against-ortega-murillo-regime-nicaragua

THE PROMISE OF THE ZONES FOR EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (ZEDE) IN HONDURAS

On 17 October, CSIS published a report about a type of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Honduras.  It explains that ZEDE are a type of SEZ that delegates greater autonomy to zone administrators. Established in 2013 through a constitutional amendment, within their borders, they have a significant degree of freedom to adopt their own taxation systems and legal regimes, although these are subject to oversight by a national committee.  This is crucial for the well-being of ZEDE, as it allows them to replicate laws and regulatory regimes from other countries, making them more compatible for creating a business. Indeed, legislation could even be drawn from a mixture of different systems, depending on the best fit. In addition to organising their own legal systems, they were empowered to provide their own civil services, including housing, utilities, law enforcement, and dispute resolution.  With a focus on building grassroots institutions, the ZEDE model appears designed to create zones that emulate Hong Kong even more closely than the Shenzhen SEZ.  The report provides an overview of what ZEDE are, what their purpose is, and what the legal framework looks like for their existence.  Following that assessment, the paper will juxtapose the current challenges threatening the survival of ZEDE with the potential that they have for creating long-term economic growth. Finally, the paper presents a series of recommendations for policymakers on what steps can be taken from this point onward.

https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/publication/221017_Berg_ZEDEs_Honduras.pdf

BOLIVIA SUSPENDS FOOD EXPORTS TO GUARANTEE LOCAL SUPPLY

On 27 October, TeleSUR reported that the administration of President Luis Arce decided to temporarily suspend the export of some agricultural products to guarantee domestic food supply.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Suspends-Food-Exports-to-Guarantee-Local-Supply-20221027-0008.html

RUSSIA’S SBERBANK OPENS ‘VOSTRO’ RUPEE ACCOUNTS AT INDIA BRANCHES

On 24 October, Reuters reported that Sberbank is offering this type of account to clients to allow them to carry out rupee-denominated transactions to avoid the impact of Western sanctions.

https://www.reuters.com/markets/currencies/russias-sberbank-opens-vostro-rupee-accounts-india-branches-2022-10-24

US AND EU WARN OF RUSSIAN DEFENCE AND MILITARY SUPPLY CHAINS AND SANCTIONS EVASION

On 27 October, an article from Kharon says that Russia is attempting to evade Western sanctions and procure foreign technology through front companies and facilitators abroad.  It notes that US and European countries have recently announced a series of sanctions, criminal charges, and arrests against front companies, businesses, and individuals in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East involved in Russia’s supply chain of weapons, military equipment, and essential foreign-sourced electronic components that power them.

https://brief.kharon.com/updates/us-and-eu-warn-of-russian-defense-and-military-supply-chains

NEW CRISIS BREWING ON CYPRUS AFTER US LIFTS ARMS EMBARGO

On 27 October, Al Jazeera reported that Turkish-Cypriot authorities could be preparing to evict UN peacekeepers from their bases in northern Cyprus, triggering a new political and security crisis on the divided island.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/new-crisis-brewing-on-cyprus-after-us-lifts-arms-embargo/ar-AA13qESF?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=914a4ee37549410cb1df6c21ad19f106

TERRORIST AND OTHER MILITANT GROUPS IN PAKISTAN

On 25 October, the US Congressional Research Service published a briefing paper saying that US officials have identified Pakistan as a base of operations and/or target for numerous armed, nonstate militant groups, some of which have existed since the 1980s. 

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11934

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UPDATED EU RULES ON IMPORT AND EXPORT OF FIREARMS

On 27 October, the EU Commission advised that is proposing to update EU rules on the import, export and transit of firearms for civilian use. As many as 35 million illicit firearms are estimated to be in the hands of civilians in the EU, and around 630,000 firearms are listed as stolen or lost in the Schengen Information System.  The revised rules are intended to enhance security and address firearms trafficking, and will enable coordinated controls and risk assessments to improve the traceability of firearms.  It is now for the European Parliament and the Council to examine the proposal. Once adopted, the rules will be directly applicable across the EU.

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_22_6427

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/QANDA_22_6428

Factsheet –

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/api/files/attachment/873824/Factsheet%20firearms.pdf.pdf

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TRAFFICKING INC INVESTIGATION INTO CROSS-BORDER LABOUR TRAFFICKING AND SEX TRAFFICKING

On 27 October, ICIJ announced a widespread series of reports and an ICIJ investigation examines networks of companies, people and business practices that draw profit from cross-border labour trafficking and sex trafficking.  It says that the UN estimates, nearly 28 million adults and children around the world are trapped in jobs that are so oppressive that they amount to modern slavery or human trafficking.  The new investigation – “Trafficking Inc – by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and other media partners has begun examining human trafficking in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the US.

https://www.icij.org/investigations/trafficking-inc

https://www.icij.org/investigations/trafficking-inc/about-trafficking-inc/

FOREIGN WORKERS FOR DEFENCE CONTRACTORS ON AT LEAST 4 US MILITARY BASES IN THE PERSIAN GULF ARE TRAPPED IN THEIR JOBS BY ABUSIVE EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

https://www.icij.org/investigations/trafficking-inc/us-military-bases-trafficked-workers/

MASSACHUSETTS: VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARE HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT IN THE STATE

https://www.icij.org/investigations/trafficking-inc/human-trafficking-perpetrators-in-massachusetts-almost-never-held-accountable/

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UK SOLICITORS REGULATION AUTHORITY (SRA) AML ANNUAL REPORT 2021-22

On 27 October, the EU Sanctions blog reported on the release of this annual report and what it says about sanctions enforcement.  It says that additional guidance is due from the SRA in November, and in the coming year, the SRA will increase its work on sanctions compliance.

https://www.europeansanctions.com/2022/10/sra-publishes-2021-22-anti-money-laundering-annual-report/

https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/research-publications/aml-annual-report-2021-22/

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BLIND SPOTS: HOW THE LACK OF ADEQUATE OVERSIGHT IN THE WORLD’S GROWING NUMBER OF FREE TRADE ZONES FACILITATES ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS

On 20 October, a report from Global Financial Integrity says that international trade system has witnessed the rapid growth of various types of free trade zones (FTZ) in recent decades.  While the major attraction for companies operating in FTZ is the reduced or omitted import taxes on goods, traders are also drawn to the speed provided by streamlined procedures and limited customs oversight in many of the zones.  This report documents how some of these very attributes that attract companies to the zones – less regulatory oversight, reduced paperwork, streamlined procedures – also help facilitate illicit activity by smugglers, money launderers, and organised criminal networks.  It argues that steps must be taken to improve customs oversight of the zones.  To assist in this process, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) makes several recommendations directed at international organisations and national governments to improve the oversight of FTs and reduce the current degrees of opacity.

https://gfintegrity.org/report/blind-spots/

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AUSTRALIA: PROJECT ISLINGTON – REPORT ON MONEY LAUNDERING VIA ELECTRONIC GAMING MACHINES IN HOTELS AND CLUBS

The NSW Crime Commission published this Report on 26 October.  The Project was established to:

  • investigate the nature and extent of money laundering that may be occurring in licensed premises in New South Wales with particular reference to the use of gaming machines;  
  • identify potential vulnerabilities within the regulations and legislation governing gaming machines which could be exploited for the purpose of laundering; and
  • furnish reports about matters relating to money laundering through electronic gaming machines to government.

It says that across the state, $95 billion was gambled (turned over) in electronic gaming machines (EGM) in pubs and clubs in the year ending 30 June 2021.  There are almost 100,000 EGM licenced to be used in NSW, with 86,747 of these currently available in gaming rooms.  From corner pubs in regional towns to large multi‐venue conglomerates of registered clubs, EGM are broadly accessible.  The Inquiry found that a significant amount of money which is put through poker machines is the proceeds of crime, or ‘dirty money’, and assesses that billions of dollars gambled in NSW in the year to 30 June 2021 was dirty money. 

https://www.crimecommission.nsw.gov.au/final-islington-report.pdf

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UK FIU: SARS REPORTERS BOOKLET

This 8-page booklet is intended for reporters of Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR), produced in line with the NCA commitment to share perspectives on the SAR regime.  It contains a sanitised summary of feedback from law enforcement agencies (LEA) on their use of SAR and includes pertinent information and updates from the UKFIU.

https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/who-we-are/publications/617-sars-reporter-booklet-oct-2022/file

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UNODC AND PARTNERS LAUNCH TOOLKIT FOR TACKLING UNDERREPORTED CRIME OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR ORGAN REMOVAL

On 27 October, the UN Office for Drugs and Crime said that, despite being listed as one of the forms of exploitation in the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, to date human trafficking for organ removal has received scant attention from anti-trafficking stakeholders and the international community.  However, this new Toolkit is designed to encourage the proactive investigation of possible cases or red flag indicators.  It focuses on organised criminal networks and the illicit financial flows stemming from them.

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/glo-act2/tip-for-or-toolkit.html

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THIRD COUNTRIES ALIGNMENT WITH EU SANCTIONS

On 26 October, 2 news releases advised that –

North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, align themselves with Council Decision 2022/1367/EU re EU Tunisian sanctions;

North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, align themselves with Council Decision 2022/1986/EU which adds 3 individuals and 1 entity involved in the development and delivery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to Russia.

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/10/26/statement-by-the-high-representative-on-behalf-of-the-eu-on-the-alignment-of-certain-countries-concerning-restrictive-measures-directed-against-certain-persons-and-entities-in-view-of-the-situation-in-tunisia/

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/10/26/statement-by-the-high-representative-on-behalf-of-the-eu-on-the-alignment-of-certain-countries-concerning-restrictive-measures-in-respect-of-actions-undermining-or-threatening-the-territorial-integrity-sovereignty-and-independence-of-ukrain/

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CYBER LAW TOOLKIT UPDATED

The Toolkit is a dynamic interactive web-based resource for legal professionals who work with matters at the intersection of international law and cyberspace.  It consists of 28 hypothetical scenarios.  Each scenario contains a description of cyber incidents inspired by real-world examples, accompanied by detailed legal analysis.  The aim of the analysis is to examine the applicability of international law to the scenarios and the issues they raise.

https://cyberlaw.ccdcoe.org/wiki/Main_Page

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