UK HAS RETREATED FROM THE FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD, SAYS HOUSE OF LORDS COMMITTEE

On 12 November, the House of Lords Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee has published a report.  It says that while the Fraud Act is sound, there are opportunities for improvement.  However, due to the under-resourcing of law enforcement, many victims will never see the criminals caught or face justice in the first place.

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/582/fraud-act-2006-and-digital-fraud-committee/news/174303/the-uk-has-retreated-from-the-fight-against-fraud-says-lords-committee/

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NORTH KOREA’S DIPLOMATS AND SANCTIONS-BUSTING

On 14 November, an Emerging Insight from RUSI says that, since the 1970s, involvement in criminal activities and the procurement of commodities and arms has put the country’s diplomatic corps in a good position to evade sanctions.  The paper provides a loose typology of North Korean diplomatic involvement in sanctions-busting, arguing that it mainly falls into 3 areas: revenue-raising; procurement; and supporting roles.  It uses examples to illustrate this framework and outline the full scope of North Korea’s diplomatic corps’ sanctions-busting; and argues that diplomatic networks – the missions, diplomats and their respective networks – are key nodes in the country’s sanctions-busting efforts, providing the skeleton of a near-to-global presence that has been used to undertake and support operations.

Accompanying the report is an Interactive Guide illustrating how North Korea has made tireless use of its diplomatic networks to raise revenue, procure goods and technologies from overseas, and provide financial and logistical support to its broader networks.

https://static.rusi.org/343_EI_DPRK%20Diplomats.pdf

https://rusi.org/explore-our-research/publications/emerging-insights/interactive-summary-mission-missiles-role-north-koreas-diplomatic-corps-sanctions-busting

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