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Politico: Maltese Central Bank Governor, deputy PM face charges in snowballing corruption case

Central Bank of Malta Governor Edward Scicluna and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne, who both served under Muscat, are set to face charges of fraud and misappropriation. Scicluna is already facing calls to resign as the attorney-general completes a probe into the granting of a concession to run three hospitals in Malta in 2015…

BBC News: Malawi vice-president corruption charges dropped

Dr Chilima was arrested in Nov 2022 on allegations that he accepted money in exchange for awarding government contracts. He denied the charges. He had received money to influence the awarding of contracts to Xaviar Ltd and Malachitte FZE, two companies linked to British businessman Zuneth Sattar…

Insight Crime: Police Corruption jeopardizes drug trafficking trial in Spain

The alleged involvement of a high-ranking Spanish police officer in cocaine smuggling threatens to undermine a drug trafficking trial and underscores how corruption infiltrates all levels of the country’s security forces….

iGB: Bulgaria Govt votes in favour of gambling advertising ban

The bill aims to amend Bulgaria’s law on gambling, proposing a ban on gambling advertising online, on television, on the radio and in print media. Ads would also not be allowed to appear on buildings. The bill also only permits slots and casino gambling in areas with a population over 10,000. Exceptions apply to national resorts and border areas…

Coindesk: Tether to freeze crypto wallets evading sanctions against Venezuela

The stablecoin issuer has stated it will freeze wallets that use USDT to evade oil sanctions against Venezuela. PDVSA, the state-owned oil company has reportedly increased its use of the stablecoin after sanctions were reimposed by the U.S.

Russian deputy defence minister arrested on taking major bribes, the highest-profile corruption scandal in the country

The deputy defence minister, Timur Ivanov, is accused of accepting bribes on a widespread scale. He has been remanded in custody and has denied the charges…

EU weighs sanctions on firms shipping weapons tech to Russia

A Bloomberg report revealed that the EU is mulling sanctions against companies that continue to provide Russia with weapons technology, including navigation systems for missiles. The EU is set to announce their 14th package of sanctions against Russia later this year.


Euronews: EU countries agree to slap new sanctions on Iran to curtail drone and missile production

The sanctions are designed to curtail the exports of EU-made components used in the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, and ballistic missiles. The bloc had previously set up a dedicated regime to target Iranian-made drones, which the country has used to prop up Russia’s invasion of Ukraine..

German regulator fines Commerzbank 1.45M euros over anti-money laundering non-compliance, AML failings

The German financial regulatory authority BaFin ordered the fine because of failures in updating customer data on time and not providing proper security measures. This resulted in a lack of due diligence in three cases…

UK failing to fight ‘dirty money epidemic’ costing £350bn a year, MPs warn

Dame Margaret Hodge, who has long campaigned on tackling corruption, has warned that enforcement agencies are failing to use the tools at their disposal to fight the dirty money crisis and called for enhanced transparency of beneficial ownership in offshore tax havens and public information on owners of UK property. Hodge stated that “Economic crime is costing our economy £350bn each year.”..

Reuters: Canadian bank TD addressing weaknesses in AML processes

CEO Bharat Masrani stated that the bank continues to be probed by the U.S. Justice Department and is actively working on strengthening its AML processes. According to analysts, TD, Canada’s second largest bank, could expect a fine in the region of $500 million to $1 billion.

Reuters: Singapore hands down first conviction in $2.2b money laundering case

The 32-year-old man admitted to 11 charges of money laundering, possessing proceeds from illegal remote gambling offences. More than $2.2 billion in assets have been seized or frozen in relation to the case. This likely makes it one of the largest money laundering operations in the world…