Croatian authorities launched on Friday a criminal investigation into the disappearance of a luxury yacht from an Adriatic port close to Split, where it was held as part of Western sanctions imposed on Russians linked to President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine.
The U.S. hit Russia’s Wagner Group, a private military company that has been fighting the war in Ukraine, with new sanctions that are now also targeting several individuals and firms linked to what the Department of the Treasury said was a “transnational criminal organization.”
Italian police detained 56 suspected mafiosi and seized more than 200 million euros (US$217.89 million) in assets during an operation that, according to authorities, broke the spine of the country’s most prominent organized crime structure, the Calabria-based ‘Ndrangheta.
The body of one of the most prominent journalists in Cameroon was found near the capital of Yaoundé with signs of torture in what appears to be a brutal murder linked to his work.
U.S. prosecutors accused a former FBI counterintelligence agent and a court interpreter of attempting to have sanctions against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska lifted, receiving bribes from him in return for investigating a rival oligarch and then laundering the money, the Department of Justice said on Monday.
Two Nobel Peace Prize laureates called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a three-time Nobel Prize laureate, to use its authority and intervene on behalf of incarcerated Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
A Swedish court cleared on Wednesday Swedbank’s former CEO Birgitte Bonnesen of playing down the bank’s inadequate prevention of massive money-laundering through its operations in the Baltic states.
Spanish authorities closed down three illegal tobacco factories and arrested 27 suspected members of a criminal group that employed Ukrainians who escaped the Russian invasion of their country to produce the cigarettes.
The Cameroonian Gendarmerie arrested an individual with a large quantity of human bones, stating that authorities are determined to eradicate the growing phenomenon of human bone trafficking.
Police in the United States and in the EU arrested five people and seized their globally operating Hong Kong-registered cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato because it allegedly facilitated the laundering of large sums of illicit profits and converted them into Russian rubles, a Europol statement said on Monday.