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This Week’s Highlights From OCCRP – 28 June 2017

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Emails Allegedly Belonging to Russian Lawyer Reveal Hidden Influence on Magnitsky Case Investigations

Corporate lawyer Andrei Pavlov is one of just a few dozen Russian citizens targeted for sanctions by the European Parliament (EP). He is neither a government official, nor a judge, nor a member of the secret services, nor a law enforcement officer. Nor is he a well-known figure even in his native country.

And yet, his name is included in a 2014 EP recommendation that targets Russians involved in a tax scam that has made headlines around the world.

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News Highlights

The Latest In Organized Crime & Corruption
Italian Police: Mafia and Nigerian “Vikings” Gang Collaborating in Palermo
Italian police say the Sicilian Mafia Cosa Nostra is allegedly collaborating with a Nigerian organized criminal group called the Vikings, which is now controlling drug and prostitution rings in Palermo.
Brazil: President Temer Charged With Corruption
Prosecutors filed corruption charges against Brazil’s President Michel Temer, claiming that he planned to receive a total of 38 million reals (US$ 11.5 million) in bribes from the country’s largest meat processing company.
New UK Laws Combat Money Laundering Through Scottish Limited Partnerships
New UK legislation went into effect regulating Scottish Limited Partnerships, a unique corporate structure that has been increasingly abused by money launderers.
France: Congo President’s Daughter Charged With Money Laundering
French authorities charged the daughter and son-in-law of Congo’s President with “money laundering and misuse of public funds,” as part of a larger investigation into the assets of three African presidential families.
‘Most Hated Man In America’ Goes on Trial
Martin Shkreli, the so-called ‘Pharma bro’, went on trial for defrauding investors by more than US$ 11 million in what prosecutors call a Ponzi Scheme.
Model Miranda Kerr Hands Over Pricey Jewelry Linked to Malaysia Corruption Case

Australian model Miranda Kerr has handed over US$ 8.1 million worth in jewelry purchased for her by Malaysian financier Jho Low with allegedly misappropriated government funds.

Violence in Mexico Hits 20-Year High
Mexico witnessed a record-breaking number of homicides and murder investigations in May, new government data shows.
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