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This Week’s Highlights From OCCRP – 23 August 2017

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Journalist Ali Feruz

Pakistan’s Ousted Prime Minister Refuses to Cooperate with Investigators

Pakistan’s ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and his two sons failed to appear before the country’s top criminal investigation body which is probing his offshore properties he lost his job over.

The top National Accountability Bureau (NAB) summoned Sharif and his sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz to question them about money laundering and their London properties revealed in the Panama Papers.

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News Highlights

The Latest In Organized Crime & Corruption
Russian Ex-Minister on Trial for Bribery Blames Putin’s Ally for Setting him Up
Russia’s former economy minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, accused at the start of his corruption trial spies and an ally of Vladimir Putin of setting him up.
Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Sentenced to 4.5 Years for Corruption
A court in Bishkek found the head of a Kyrgyz opposition party and his co-defendant guilty of corruption and sentenced them to eight years in prison each.
Prominent Anti-poaching Conservationist Killed in Tanzania
A South African wildlife conservationist who frequently received death threats from poachers was murdered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Sweden Charges Bombardier Sales Manager with Bribery
Swedish authorities indicted a sales manager at Sweden’s Bombardier Transportation with bribery that helped the company win a US$ 350 million tender in Azerbaijan although it was the highest bidder.
Brazil: Operation Car Wash Widens to Include US & Greek Firms

Brazilian authorities expanded their mammoth corruption investigation, Operation Car Wash, to include at least five Greek shipping companies, a US asphalt firm and a Brazilian ex-congressman.

Australia to Crack Down on Bitcoin Money Laundering
Australia announced it plans to regulate for the first time cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
An Armed Group in Lybia May Be Stopping Migrant Boats from Leaving
An armed group, allegeldy led by a “former mafia boss,” is preventing migrant boats from leaving Libya for Italy.
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