Italy Busts €220M VAT Fraud Ring, 5 Arrested

Italy’s financial authorities arrested five individuals implicated in a value added tax (VAT) fraud scheme that resulted in the theft of 220 million euros (US$323.6 million) in alcohol-related tax revenue, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) reported Tuesday.

UK Government Supports Anti-SLAPP Bill

The United Kingdom government has thrown its support behind a bill aimed at combating intimidatory Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) lawsuits, which stifle free speech and enable corrupt elites to silence journalists and critics with baseless legal claims.

UK Freezes Azerbaijani Lawmaker’s £39m Properties

U.K. authorities have frozen 22 London properties that the Azerbaijani lawmaker Javanshir Feyziyev and his wife are suspected to have bought with “the proceeds of unlawful conduct,” a high court heard on Thursday.