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Dutch News: Independent ATMs are used as ML machines

The programme reveals that independent ATMs, unregulated in the Netherlands and abroad, can be used by criminals as washing machines or to hide assets and avoid taxes. The finance ministry has stated that it is unaware of the issue and plans to initiate discussions with the financial sector to address it…

Finews: UBS was fined by the EFD for failing to report suspected ML cases related to the former Yemeni president

UBS recorded 5,438 warning notices in connection with its relationships with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. However, the bank did not forward these warnings to the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland. UBS also failed in the handling large amount of money associated with corrupt practices by Saleh to be withdrawn from state control. Saleh lost power in Yemen in 2012 and was killed by Houthi fighters…

BBC: Standard Chartered escaped prosecution for ML carried out billions of dollars of transactions for funders of terrorist groups

Standard Chartered was accused of falsifying Swift transaction data to move billions of dollars through its New York branch on behalf of sanctioned entities like the Central Bank of Iran. The bank has admitted to breaching sanctions against Iran and other countries, paying over $1.7bn in fines, but has not admitted to conducting transactions for terrorist organizations…

Banking Drive: TD bank employee being accused of taking bribes in a new AML case

Banker Gerardo Aquino Vargas allegedly provided criminals with 28 debit cards in Florida, netting $5,600 in bribes and claiming lower rates than others for illegal services. Court documents reveal that Vargas allegedly unblocked two debit cards after TD froze them after identifying fraudulent ATM transactions in Colombia…

Global Sanctions: US House of Reps passes bill authorising sanctions on ICC following Israel arrest warrants

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would authorise the imposition of sanctions on ICC prosecutors and investigators who have engaged in the ICC’s efforts to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute citizens of the US and its allies…

EBA addresses ESAs advocate for improved market practice and enhanced supervision on sustainability-related claims

ESAs assess current supervisory responses to greenwashing risks, highlighting competent authorities progress in sustainability-related claims supervision and a forward-looking view for future enhancement…

Swissinfo Ch: Moldovan police are conducting raids to uncover a plot to block Interpol.

Interpol, issues a red notice to global law enforcement for the detention of individuals awaiting extradition, surrender, or similar legal proceedings…

Guardian: EU is anticipated to impose sanctions on six sudanese military figures who are escalating the conflict

EU foreign ministers are expected to approve sanctions against six individuals from rival forces fighting for control of Darfur. They would be subject to asset freezes and travel bans…

Reuters: US House has passed a republican bill to sanction the international criminal court over Israel

The measure, despite not being a law, reflects Congress’s continued support for Israel amid international criticism over its Gaza campaign. The bill, aimed at imposing sanctions on individuals involved in ICC prosecutions of Americans allies not ICC members, including Israel is unlikely to pass in the Senate…

Financial Times: US seeks EU sanctions guarantee to back $50bn Ukraine loan

The US is prepared to provide a $50bn loan to Ukraine, repaid by profits from frozen Russian assets, if the EU can extend sanctions against Moscow, ensuring repayments. The US demands the EU to extend its sanctions on Russian state assets until the end of the war to avoid being obligated for repayments…

AML Intelligence: AI can assist in addressing machine learning and reducing transaction costs but carries significant risks.

Janet Yellen, secretary stated that the US treasury department is in regular communication with regulators about the use of AI to mitigate illicit finance risks, including ML and terrorist financing…

Insight Crime: Mexico’s presidential candidates are proposing vague security measures that fail to tackle the intricate nature of organized crime in the country

Criminal groups maintain control over territories and social spaces, despite government pressure. They have advanced drug trafficking and money laundering operations, while others engage in predatory practices…