20 NOVEMBER 2022
CANADA IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON 3 HAITIAN POLITICIANS
On 20 November, VoA reported that the sanctions were imposed “in response to the egregious conduct of Haitian political elites who provide illicit financial and operational support to armed gangs”. Those designated were Senator Ronny Célestin, former Senator Hervé Fourcand, and former President of the Chamber of Deputies Gary Bodeau.
ROMANIA: WOMAN FINED FOR REFRIGERANT SMUGGLING
On 19 November, Cooling Post reported that Romanian border police had stopped a vehicle near the border with Ukraine and found it to be carrying 6 cylinders of refrigerant.
2 NIGERIAN ATHLETES CONVICTED FOR FRAUD AFTER FBI INVESTIGATION
On 17 November, the BBC reported that Emmanuel Ineh and Toluwani Adebakin were convicted for transferring tens of thousands of dollars to Nigeria as part of what the DoJ called “a complex fraud scheme”. Prosecutors said the scheme involved athletes from multiple higher-learning institutions in the USA, with African Under-18 triple jump record holder Ineh, 23, and sprinter Adebakin, 25, operating part of the conspiracy while team-mates at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
MALTA: PILATUS BANK ARBITRATION COULD PUT DELAY PROSECUTION
On 20 November, Malta Today reported that arbitration proceedings against government by Pilatus owners Alpene at the World Bank arbitration tribunal (ICSID) could be holding up the investigation and prosecution of the bank’s directors.
US: NEW BIS POLICY CRACKS DOWN ON UNCOOPERATIVE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WITH BROAD IMPLICATIONS FOR PARTIES TRADING IN GOODS SUBJECT TO EAR
On 17 November, Torres Trade Law reported that the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is cracking down on foreign governments that prevent the end-use checks the BIS uses to ensure compliance with Export Administration Regulations (EAR). It says BIS added 31 parties to the Unverified List and provided new timelines for adding and removing parties. The article argues that the amendments to the EAR as well as a policy memorandum from BIS clearly suggest a stricter approach to the timely completion of end-use checks and host government cooperation. As a result, the addition of a multitude of parties to the Unverified and Entity Lists may soon be seen.
UK ROAD HAULAGE OPERATORS CONVICTED OF INVOLVEMENT IN AN OVER £100 MILLION MONEY LAUNDERING SCAM
On 20 November, a news release from the CPS advised that 6 defendants including a senior manager and 2 drivers of a road haulage business have been found guilty of running a large-scale money laundering operation involving in excess of £100 million in cash. The activity involved using an encrypted network phone, known as Encrochat, to communicate with a man in Dubai, Craig Johnson, a convicted fraudster.