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This Week’s Highlights From OCCRP – 16 August 2017

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Journalist Ali Feruz

Favoritism Shears Competitors in Georgian Sheep Industry

Beka Gonashvili’s love for Georgian folk music led him into the sheep export business nearly a decade ago. But he’s singing a sad song now, claiming that government-connected companies have driven him out of what had been a lucrative market.

In 2008, his father’s sheep business was failing, and his mother asked him to help. He told the tale to an old friend from his choir days who had moved to Turkey. His friend arranged an introduction to Ismail Yildiz, a major Turkish sheep importer.

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News Highlights

The Latest In Organized Crime & Corruption
Outspoken Kazakh Journalist’s Money Laundering Trial Begins
A Kazakh journalist known to be a stout government critic went on trial for alleged money laundering.
US: 89 White Supremacist Drug Traffickers Convicted to a Millennium in Jail
Prosecutors in Texas wrapped up the largest prosecution in US history of white supremacist gang members, after convicting 89 for drug trade and the use of firearms.
Mexico Captures Cancun Drug Cartel Boss
Mexican police arrested a woman suspected to be the leader of an organized crime group operating in the tourist resort areas of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
US Sentences Two in Multi-million ‘Fat Leonard’ Bribery Scandal
Two former executives of a foreign defense contractor were sentenced for their part in a multi-million dollar bribery scandal that rocked the US Navy.
Iran Eases Death Penalty Laws for Drug-related Crimes
Iranian parliament has voted to increase the amount of drugs for which judges can hand down death penalties, sparing the lives of thousands of prisoners on death row.
US Wraps Up Criminal Investigation into Malaysia’s 1MDB Scam

US law enforcement is intensifying a criminal investigation into a multi-billion dollar alleged fraud at Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MBD).

Slovenian Reporters Uncover Sex, Corruption Charges Against Mayor
Slovenian investigative journalism site published police reports detailing charges against the longstanding mayor of the country’s capital for alleged corruption.
Mexican Soccer Star Among 22 Sanctioned by US for Drug Links
A Mexican soccer star who captained the national team was among 22 people sanctioned by the US for alleged drug cartel links.
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