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International The Avanti Group News Blog | Corruption Currents: From New Aid For Syrian Rebels to Bitcoin Compliance Challenges
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Bribery: A Spanish court announced last week that adecision will come in May on whether to excludePrincess Cristina from a corruption probetargeting her husband. (AFP) The FCPA Blog continues its series on white-collarcrime victims, and notes that Moscow issued anarrest warrant for William Browder. TheFCPAProfessorreflects on a year since Wal-MartStores Inc. went under the FCPA microscope.Mike Volkov warns on the danger of “proactive”FCPA probes. Tom Fox provides 10 steps to resolvea front-page crisis.Thebriberyact.comdiscusses civil recoveryrewards in the U.K, sayingthey’re still on the SFOmenu.
Miller Chevalier released its spring FCPA review. Pakistan released a list of journalists who allegedlyreceived bribes from the information ministry.(Dawn) David Uhlmann, the former head of theDepartment of Justice’s Environmental CrimesSection, will present findings on deferred- andnon-prosecution agreements at a conference inWashington, D.C. (Corporate Crime Reporter)
Cybercrime: CISPA moves on to the Senate, which is working onits own cybersecurity legislation. (The Hill) The Pentagon, for the first time, detailed $30 millionin spending on Air Force cyberattack operationsand significant new Army funding and staff needsfor exploiting opponent computers. (Mashable)
Fraud: The European Union’s internal fraud officeis at loggerheads with a supervisory panelto oversee its independence.(EUObserver)
Money Laundering: The exchanges that buy and sell Bitcoin are scramblingto beef up their anti-money laundering complianceprocesses but it may not be enough for them to keepaccess to the banking services they need to operate.(Thomson Reuters Corporate ComplianceComplete sub req) The dozens accused of participating in an internationaloperation of illegal gambling and money-launderingworth more than $100 million all pleaded not guilty.(AP, NY Times) The Bundesbank rebuffed an attempt by Italianprosecutors to freeze assets held byNomuraHoldings Inc. because it hasn’t received a request validunder German law, asource told Bloomberg.
The latest on the trial of reputed Zetas cartel membersis here. (San Antonio Express-News) The chief Hong Kong prosecutor wants the ability to seizeassets without a criminal conviction. (South ChinaMorning Post) A man wanted by Switzerland on suspicion of stealingconfidential banking information now being used byinternational financial investigators said U.S. officialsadvised him to flee to Spain. (AP) A deeper look at the forthcoming Europol report onMontenegro being a money-laundering center is here.(OCCRP) The OECD called out 14 countries, includingSwitzerland, for lagging behind in the global hunt for taxcheats. But automatic tax information exchange took abig step forward last week. Public outrage stoked by the“Offshore Leaks” series helped lead the charge for taxinformation exchange. (Reuters, AnnHollingshead, Global Financial Integrity, NY Times)
Sanctions: The U.S. will double its non-lethal military aid to theSyrian rebels, who will get nearly $130million in supplies that could include bodyarmor, armored vehicles, night vision goggles andadvanced communications equipment. Thereare concerns that some of the aid could land in thehands of the Nusra Front, which recently announced amerger with al Qaeda in Iraq. To prevent it, the U.S. andits allies agreed to channel all aid through therecognized branch of the opposition. (The Hill, NYTimes, AP, BBC, Financial Times sub req, NPR, McClatchy) Russia warned the EU not to lift an arms embargo onSyria despite lobbying by the U.K. and France.(Reuters, Reuters) China’s envoy to North Korea will visit Washington tohelp head off a nuclear crisis. (NY Times)
Iran is seeking to export oil to North Korea to aid itseconomy, which has been battered by sanctions.(AP, Wall Street Journal) U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, whenannouncing an arms deal with Israel and Araballies, that the compact is a signal to Iran. The U.N.nuclear agency istalking with Iran to set a date fordiscussions on resuming an investigation there. TheU.K. doesn’t think new sanctions areneeded. (Reuters, Reuters, Reuters)
Whistleblowers: A new body led by the former chiefof Olympus Corp. and the dean of StPaul’s Cathedral is aimed at making iteasier to raise the alarm on corporate orgovernment misconduct. (FinancialTimes sub req)
General Anti-Corruption: Once again, ousted Egypt leader Hosni Mubarak was ordered tobe released on one charge but to remain held on another.(Reuters) China is cracking down on corruption by arresting anti-corruptionactivists. (NY Times) The latest on a campaign finance trial involving aides to the NewYork City comptroller is here. (NY Times) New York voters want to see more politicians busted forcorruption, and they say their representatives might be next. (NYTimes, NY Daily News) international the avanti group news blog, Corruption Currents:From New Aid For Syrian Rebels to Bitcoin Compliance Challenges http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2013/04/22/corruption-currents-from-new-aid-for-syrian-rebels-to-bitcoin-compliance-challenges/