Italy Arrests 63 Mafia Suspects, Including Public Officials

Italian authorities arrested 63 suspected members of the infamous ‘Ndrangheta, including 11 public officials who allegedly have, among other crimes, rigged public tenders worth some 150 million euro (US$167 million), including money coming from EU funds.   

Bosnia’s Court Releases Suspects in Ventilator Scandal

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ordered on Sunday the release of the prime minister of one of Bosnia’s two semi-autonomous regions who was detained late Thursday over his alleged involvement in the procurement of pricy, inadequate ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lebanon Removes Banking Secrecy Rules

Masked, disinfected and sitting at least two meters away from each other, lawmakers in Lebanon adopted on Thursday a law that allows anti-corruption investigators to access the bank records of current and former state officials and lawmakers, the state news agency reported.

Russian Customs Finds 70 Tons of Cheese Smuggled from the EU

Russian authorities found 70 tons of European cheeses smuggled into the country as construction material which shows how Kremlin’s six-year-old political decision to ban import of food from the EU has given organized crime another opportunity to profit from sanctions.