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This Week’s Highlights From OCCRP – 19 July 2017

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Romanian Anti-Fraud Authority Officers

Mafia Boss: “The State is Me.”

On a hot night in early July, the southern Italian region of Calabria woke to the roar of helicopters and the wail of police sirens.

Shrouded in darkness, more than a thousand policemen in full military gear swept the streets of 19 towns on the very toe of Italy’s boot, entering neighborhoods where they seldom go.

With fingers on the triggers, they moved down narrow streets, broke into homes, basements, and shacks, and pulled sleeping men out of their beds.

Romanian Politician Named in Scandal Hits Back at Journalists: “Peace is Over”

The Bucharest office of RISE Project, an Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) partner, underwent an unannounced inspection by the anti-fraud bureau of Romania’s National Fiscal Agency (ANAF) even as important Romanian politicians threatened the outlet in both public and private.

The July 6 inspection followed the outlet’s revelation that Liviu Dragnea, president of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) and head of the lower chamber of Parliament, was connected to Tel Drum SA, a secretive company awarded hundreds of millions of euros from Romania’s budget in insider deals.

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US Seeks to Recover US$ 144 Million From Corruption Scheme in Nigeria
US authorities requested the seizure of a US$ 50 million Manhattan condominium and a US$ 80 million yacht from two Nigerian businessmen because they allegedly bought them with money they made by bribing a former Nigerian oil minister.
Pakistan: Court Starts Hearings to Decide Prime Minister’s Future
Pakistan’s Supreme Court began hearings in a corruption case that could cost Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif his job or even send him to jail.
OCCRP Investigations Named Global Shining Light Award Finalists
The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) included two OCCRP investigations as finalists for the bi-annual Global Shining Light Award.
EU Plans Crackdown on Antique and Art Smuggling That Funds Terror

The EU proposed new rules intended to curb the illegal import of archaeological objects that terrorist groups such as ISIS use to fund their activities.

Kazakh Tycoon Sentenced for Coup Attempt Now on Trial for Tax Evasion
A Kazakh tycoon who was sentenced to 21 years in prison for attempting a coup faced the judge again, this time for tax evasion, accounting fraud, and bribery, Tengrinews reported.
Brazil’s Ex-President Sentenced to a Decade in Prison for Corruption
Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for corruption and money laundering, Reuters reported.
Report: Ukraine Investigation “Comes up Empty” One Year After Journalist Pavel Sheremet’s Murder
A special report urges the Ukrainian government to step up its commitment to investigating the July 2016 murder of Pavel Sheremet, a prominent investigative reporter who was killed in Kiev by an improvised explosive device planted under his car.
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