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  • Venice jewellery heist: expert insight from the 'gentleman thief’ November 17, 2018
    Vincenzo Pepino, the only other person to have successfully robbed Doge’s Palace, suspects £1.7m theft was an inside jobUntil January, only one other person had pulled off a burglary at Doge’s Palace, the seat of power during Venice’s years as a republic, and a museum since 1923.In 1991, Vincenzo Pipino, nicknamed the “gentleman thief” for […]
    Angela Giuffrida in Rome
  • Oil trading firms with ties to UK named in Brazil's Car Wash corruption scandal November 8, 2018
    Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura feature in report by campaign group Global WitnessThree global oil trading companies with strong ties to the UK face being dragged into Brazil’s “Car Wash” investigation, after a report raised questions about their connections to businessmen named in the vast corruption scandal.Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura, which boast combined annual revenues of […]
    Rob Davies
  • Money-laundering crackdown on public schools and law firms November 1, 2018
    Exclusive: security minister Ben Wallace pledges to focus on where illegal cash is spentEstate agents, high street solicitors and accountants who facilitate about £100bn of money-laundering in the UK but are failing to report suspicious activity face a crackdown under a government drive against economic crime.Security minister Ben Wallace has warned public schools, football clubs […]
    Pippa Crerar Deputy political editor
  • Brexit could lead to security threat at border, says watchdog October 23, 2018
    NAO warns that criminals could take advantage of any gaps in enforcement regimeBorder disruption following a no-deal Brexit could create serious security weaknesses and be exploited by organised criminals, according to a leading government watchdog, which said ministers are rapidly running out of time to prepare for wider frontier problems after departure.Noting that many businesses […]
    Peter Walker Political correspondent
  • Suspected Spanish drug boss arrested after music video cameo October 17, 2018
    Francisco Tejón, turns himself in, stripping major smuggling gang of its top level, say police One of Spain’s most wanted men has surrendered to police days after he surfaced in a reggaeton video featuring scantily clad women, a Bentley and a swimming pool.The arrest of Francisco Tejón, who is alleged to lead the Castañas gang […]
    Sam Jones in Madrid
  • Drug trafficking at sea is devastating island states, ministers say October 16, 2018
    Ministers of island states call for help in tackling organised crime in the fishing industry, which they say is harming both the environment and human rightsMinisters from tiny island states including Palau, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati are calling for help over the “devastating” impacts of criminal networks in the fishing industry.Fishermen, unable to work […]
    Karen McVeigh
  • How criminals used Canada's casinos to launder millions October 15, 2018
    The impacts of the Vancouver model – as the scheme came to be known – is linked to the opioid crisis and unaffordable real estate marketThe briefing took place just a few days after David Eby began his new job as British Columbia’s attorney general – and it began a warning.“Get ready,” Eby remembers being […]
    Ashifa Kassam in Toronto
  • Prince William accused of 'white saviour' mentality in Africa wildlife film October 12, 2018
    Experts condemn lack of African voices in film depicting royal’s visit to conservation projects in TanzaniaA video that shows the Duke of Cambridge visiting wildlife projects in Tanzania has been criticised for excluding African experts and promoting a “white saviour” mentality.The film, shown this week at the international conference on illegal wildlife trade in London, […]
    Rebecca Ratcliffe
  • ‘Wildlife crime makes us all poorer', says Theresa May October 11, 2018
    Ongoing animal slaughter must be treated with same severity as drug and people trafficking, say leaders from 80 nations gathered in LondonThe mass trafficking of wildlife impoverishes everyone in the world and must be treated with the same severity as drug and people trafficking, according to leaders from 80 nations gathered at the Illegal Wildlife […]
    Damian Carrington Environment editor
  • Misha Glenny: ‘Crime exerts a fascination that ordinary politics doesn’t’ August 12, 2018
    The McMafia author on organised crime, the poisoning of the Skripals, Trump and Putin’s relationship and his fears for the future of the BBCAward-winning journalist Misha Glenny, 60, specialises in central and eastern Europe, global organised crime and cybersecurity. He was educated in Oxford, Bristol and Prague, before working for the Guardian and the BBC. […]
    Michael Hogan