OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – DECEMBER 11

11 DECEMBER 2022

THE PPE RICH LIST: COVID FIRMS UNMASKED

On 11 December, the Sunday Times in the UK unveiled its latest Rich List, this reveals the scale of payments and unused PPE of the 20 privately owned British-based companies that received the biggest deals in the pandemic.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-ppe-rich-list-covid-firms-unmasked-6270fk8xw

US SANCTIONS FORMER GUINEA PRESIDENT CONDÉ

On 11 December, Garowe Online reported that OFAC has designated Alpha Condé over serious human rights abuses.

https://www.garoweonline.com/en/world/africa/us-sanctions-former-guinea-president-alpha-cond

US SANCTIONS SRI LANKAN ARMY OFFICER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

On 11 December, the ANI news agency reported that the US had designated Prabath Bulathwatte for his involvement in a gross violation of human rights. 

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/us-sanctions-sri-lankan-army-officer-for-human-rights-violations20221211084842/

UK SANCTIONS PAKISTANI CLERIC INVOLVED IN FORCED CONVERSIONS

On 10 December, The Tribune India reported that Mian Abdul Haq, a Muslim cleric from Pakistan who is accused of being responsible for forced conversions and marriages of girls and women from religious minorities, including Hindus, is among human rights violators, corrupt officials and entities sanctioned by the UK.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/uk-sanctions-pak-cleric-involved-in-forced-conversions-459696

US: CIGARETTE TAXES AND SMUGGLING

An interactive map and study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy shows the most recent estimate of cigarette smuggling in 47 US states.

https://www.mackinac.org/smokes

GUYANA CLOSER TO EGMONT MEMBERSHIP WITH STRENGTHENED AML FRAMEWORK

On 10 December, Newsroom in Guyana reported that, following participation at the recent CFATF’s 55th Plenary and Working Group meetings, Guyanese authorities are optimistic that the country is on track in its preparation for its upcoming mutual evaluation.  It also received an update on its application for Egmont membership.

https://newsroom.gy/2022/12/10/guyana-closer-to-attaining-egmont-membership-with-strengthened-anti-money-laundering-framework/

UK: ‘DIRTY MONEY’ RULES HIT POST OFFICE CASH SERVICE

On 10 December, the Mail on Sunday reported that talks are to take place between the banks and the Post Office in an attempt to resolve a dispute that is undermining the ability of some small businesses to bank their cash takings at local post offices.  It is said that banks are to impose strict limits on the amount of cash that a customer can deposit through a post office. 

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/beatthescammers/article-11523753/Fury-dirty-money-rules-hit-Post-Office-cash-service.html

IRELAND: GANGLAND ‘TRIAL OF THE CENTURY’ PUTS SINN FÉIN LEADER – AND PARTY’S ALLEGED CRIMINAL LINKS – IN SPOTLIGHT

On 11 December, The Observer reported that Gerry “the Monk” Hutch, 59, a prominent crime boss, is on trial for a 2016 murder that fuelled a feud between rival gangs that dotted Dublin with corpses.  The evidence, however, has shone a light not just on gangsters but Sinn Féin’s alleged links to a criminal underworld.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/11/sinn-fein-mary-lou-mcdonald-gangland-trial

25 YEARS OF RIDDING THE WORLD OF LANDMINES

On 5 December, a Commentary from the Stimson Center reflects on the Mine Ban Treaty and where the US goes from here.  The Mine Ban Treaty, prohibiting the use, stockpiling, or production of anti-personnel landmines, (aka the Ottawa Treaty) opened for signature 25 years ago and now has 164 signatories – though not the US, Russia, China, and India, and the majority of the 32 states that have yet to become States parties do not use or produce landmines.

https://www.stimson.org/2022/twenty-five-years-of-ridding-the-world-of-landmines/

8 AREAS WHERE STATES CAN BREAK DOWN BUREAUCRATIC STOVEPIPES TO IMPLEMENT DISPARATE TRADE CONTROL REGIMES WITH INTEGRATED RESOURCES

On 29 November, a Project Note from the Stimson Center says that the implementation of international regimes to control the trade and prevent illicit trafficking in firearms, conventional arms, and dual-use chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) items face many challenges at the state level.  It has examined seemingly disparate legal instruments and implementation guidance to identify 8 areas of good practice common to effective national implementation.  In turn, it says, following these good practices can help states target limited resources efficiently.

https://www.stimson.org/2022/working-smarter-to-control-arms-and-dual-use-cbrn-material/

US DIRECTORATE OF DEFENSE TRADE CONTROLS (DDTC) HAS ISSUED NEW COMPLIANCE PROGRAM GUIDELINES

On 8 December, World ECR reported that the new CPG Guidelines are intended to provide an overview of an effective compliance program and an introduction to defence trade controls, including information on the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

https://www.worldecr.com/news/ddtc-publishes-new-icp-guidelines/

NEW RANSOM PAYMENT SCHEMES TARGET EXECUTIVES AND TELEMEDICINE

A post from Krebs on Security on 8 December says that ransomware groups are constantly devising new methods for infecting victims and convincing them to pay up, but a couple of strategies tested recently seem especially devious.  The first centres on targeting healthcare organisations that offer consultations over the Internet and sending them booby-trapped medical records for the “patient”.  The other involves carefully editing email inboxes of public company executives to make it appear that some were involved in insider trading.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2022/12/new-ransom-payment-schemes-target-executives-telemedicine/

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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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