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  • The Guardian view on murdering the messenger: a de...
    Daphne Caruana Galizia is the first journalist to be killed doing her job in Europe this year. Her warnings that Malta was becoming a mafia state need to be taken seriouslyDaphne Caruana Galizia’s last blog was characteristically trenchant, pithy and, unfortunately, more prescient for her than she could imagine. She had warned: “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.” Less than half an hour later, a huge bomb ripped through the white Peugeot 108 rental car she had been driving, killing her instantly on a quiet country lane near her home in Malta. It is not ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-10-17By Editorial
  • How Cosa Nostra’s ‘cattle mafia’...
    Broken by prosecutors and rivals, the Sicilian mafia has retreated to its rural origins, driving farmers from their lands with grisly intimidation campaignsThe Napoli sisters keep their entire harvest in a glass jar, resting on a wooden table in the living room. Inside, there are only a dozen stalks of wheat. The rest of the crop – 80,000 kilograms – was destroyed by the Sicilian mafia, determined to force out these three women working in the land of The Godfather.For three generations, the Napoli family farmed wheat and hay in Corleone, the historic stronghold of Cosa Nostra. Their father, Salvatore, ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-10-14By Lorenzo Tondo in Corleone
  • Foiled £250m Brazil bank robbery ‘would hav...
    Brazilian police thwart audacious plot in São Paulo involving 500-metre tunnel complete with electric lighting and ventilation systemBrazilian police have foiled an audacious plot to steal £250m ($331m) from a bank in São Paulo via a 500 meter underground tunnel complete with electric lighting and a ventilation system.Investigators say the gang planned to break into a São Paulo branch of the government-owned Banco do Brasil through the tunnel which had been dug from a nearby rented property. Related: 'Heist of the century': Brazilian gang hits security vault and police HQ in Paraguay Related: Trail of slaughter in prisons shocks ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-10-04By Sam Cowie in São Paulo
  • ‘Tens of thousands’ of modern slavery ...
    Wide range of cases include human trafficking and prostitution, as well as people forced to work at car washesModern slavery and human trafficking is far more prevalent than previously thought, with a recent crackdown lifting the lid on the scale of the crime and potentially tens of thousands of victims in the UK, the National Crime Agency has said. A surge in operations focusing on labour and sexual exploitation by the NCA suggests that the number of victims is much higher than estimated. Related: The Guardian view on slavery today: product of greed, prejudice and war | Editorial Continue ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-08-10By Jamie Grierson
  • Mafia gangs move to Germany as business hits hard ...
    Details obtained by the Guardian reveal extent to which Sicilian mafia clans are migrating north after running into financial problems in ItalySicilian mafia clans are decamping north to Germany in search of business opportunities in response to poor economic conditions in southern Europe and an Italian government crackdown on organised crime.Details obtained by the Guardian of a large-scale anti-drug operation in Germany’s south-west reveal the extent to which mafia clans are said to have migrated to some of the wealthiest regions of Europe’s economic powerhouse after running into financial problems in Italy. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-06-29By Philip Oltermann in Berlin Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo
  • Pinched my ride: supercars stolen by the dozen fro...
    Lamborghinis, Porsches and BMWs among automotive exotica spirited from streets of Britain to Bangkok via elaborate criminal scamsDozens of supercars including Lamborghinis, Porsches and BMWs have been stolen from the streets of Britain and shipped to Thailand in a complex scam that police from both countries are rushing to dismantle.After a British request to retrieve the vehicles, detectives in Bangkok have launched a series of raids against dealers in recent weeks. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-06-22By Agence France-Presse in Bangkok
  • Climate change will fuel terrorism recruitment, Ad...
    Report for German foreign office warns terrorist groups will exploit natural disasters and water and food shortagesClimate change will fuel acts of terrorism and strengthen recruiting efforts by terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, a report commissioned by the German foreign office has found.Terrorist groups will exploit the natural disasters and water and food shortages expected to result from climate change and allow them to recruit more easily, operate more freely and control civilian populations, argues the report by Berlin thinktank Adelphi. Related: ‘Disaster alley’: Australia could be set to receive new wave of climate refugees ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-04-19By Ben Doherty
  • Ex-gang boss ordered to pay back £700,000 of crim...
    Terry Adams, former leader of ‘Adams family’ London crime gang, loses claim he has insufficient funds to meet demandA former gangland boss has been ordered to pay back more than £700,000 of his criminal earnings said to have been concealed through illegal money-laundering.Terry Adams, the former leader of what has been described as one of the most notorious crime gangs in the UK, lost his claim in the court of appeal that he had insufficient funds to meet the demand. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-27By Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
  • More than half the funds laundered in a major Russ...
    The Global Laundromat, a money-laundering scheme that ran from 2010-2014, funnelled more dirty money through the UK than any other countryMore than $20bn (£16bn) was shifted out of Russia between 2010 and 2014 in a large-scale money laundering operation called the Global Laundromat. The scheme was run by criminals with links to the Russian government, and moved billions in dirty money into Europe through shell companies.The majority of the companies involved in laundering the money were registered in the UK. Over 50% of the money transacted through the Laundromat flowed to shell companies registered in London, Birmingham and Scotland. Related: ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-25By Caelainn Barr and Cath Levett
  • The Guardian view on UK’s tax havens: British la...
    The time has come for the UK’s tax havens, which make up half of the top offshore centres, to make a choice: complete independence from the UK and keep their laws, or implement all relevant UK lawsThis newspaper’s work exposing the “Laundromat” system of money-laundering highlights again the weaknesses in the United Kingdom’s financial system – built around the City – for detecting illicitly and corruptly obtained money, in this case from Russia. Most of this money is related to proceeds of crime, tax evasion and capital flight. How much dirty Russian cash has entered the financial system is unknown. About $20bn ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-23By Editorial
  • Oil theft ‘provides billions for terrorists ...
    $1bn of oil is stolen in Mexico each year, while EU loses massive revenues, says the Atlantic Council thinktankOil theft is fuelling terrorist groups and drug cartels around the world, according to a new analysis.Mexican drug gangs can earn $90,000 (£72,000) in seven minutes from tapping a pipeline of refined oil, while insurgents in Nigeria financially benefit from a share of the third of the country’s refined oil exports that is lost to theft, said the Atlantic Council. Related: Torrey Canyon disaster – the UK's worst-ever oil spill 50 years on Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-21By Adam Vaughan
  • Commons urgent question about Global Laundromat re...
    Sinn Féin politician and Northern Ireland’s former first minister dies aged 66Martin McGuinness, key figure in peace process, diesMartin McGuinness’s obituaryTusk calls EU leaders to special summit to decide their Brexit strategy 1.08pm GMTLabour’s Rushanara Ali says Philip Hammond, the chancellor, should have been here. She says Kirby’s answers have been “appalling”.Kirby says he is sorry that Ali thinks that. 1.06pm GMTLabour’s Kerry McCarthy says the Russian authorities are refusing to cooperate with the National Crime Agency. What is the Foreign Office doing about this?Kirby says he thinks the FCA are in contact with the Foreign Office about this. He ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-21By Andrew Sparrow (now); Matthew Taylor and Claire Phipps (earlier)
  • Russia accused of hindering UK money laundering in...
    Head of National Crime Agency unit says Russian officials will not say if money entering UK is from proceeds of crimeBritain is struggling to stop vast amounts of potentially criminal money entering the country because investigators are being hampered by the Russian authorities, the head of the National Crime Agency money laundering unit has said.In an interview with the Guardian, David Little said: “The amount of Russian money coming into the UK is a concern. “One, because of the volume. Two, we don’t know where it is coming from. We don’t have enough cooperation [from the Russian side] to establish ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-21By Luke Harding and Nick Hopkins
  • How ‘dirty money’ from Russia flooded ...
    Exclusive: Investigators in eastern Europe have uncovered a trail that leads to fur brokers, Bond Street jewellers and even a Somerset schoolIt’s a dreamy English view. From the top of Glastonbury Tor, you can see green fields and the Somerset levels. Below is a school.There is a sports field, boarding houses and pleasant private woods. There is a golf course and a swimming pool. This is Millfield, one of Britain’s most prestigious and expensive schools. Related: British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money Related: The Global Laundromat: how did it work and who benefited? Related: Russian ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-20By Luke Harding and Nick Hopkins
  • The Global Laundromat: how did it work and who ben...
    Everything you need to know about the money-laundering scheme that moved billions of dollars out of RussiaThe Laundromat is a name given by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project to a vast money-laundering scheme. Between autumn 2010 and spring 2014 Russian officials and insiders moved billions of dollars into Europe, the US and other countries. Law enforcement officers in Moldova and Latvia have tracked down at least $20bn in dirty money. They believe the real total may be as high as $80bn. Not all of those involved in the Laundromat have been identified. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2017-03-20By Luke Harding