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This Week’s Highlights From OCCRP – 6 September 2017

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Journalist Ali Feruz

The Azerbaijani Laundromat

While throwing more than 90 human rights activists, journalists and opposition politicians into prison on politically motivated charges, Azerbaijan’s ruling elite used a secret slush fund to pay off European politicians, businessmen and a journalist who praised the government and lobbied to score PR victories for the regime.

But a larger sum of the US$ 2.9 billion they gave themselves.

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News Highlights

The Latest In Organized Crime & Corruption
Finland’s prosecutor general was indefinitely suspended on allegations of corruption for channelling work to his brother’s company.
Breaking: NAB Recommends Seizure of Entire Assets of Sharif Family
Islamabad: Pakistan’s accountability body National Accountability Bureau (NAB), whose probing ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family’s offshore wealth revealed in Panama Papers, forwarded four references against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Six New Arrests in Israel’s “Submarine Affair” Corruption Probe
Israeli police arrested six government and military officials in connection with alleged corruption in a US$2 billion deal to buy submarines and naval vessels from a German company.
Most Wanted ‘Ndrangheta Drug Dealer Arrested in Uruguay
Rocco Morabito, 51, was one of those ‘Ndrangheta members who were good enough in trafficking cocaine from Latin America to Europe without being caught for decades.
China’s Ex Banking Regulator Under Investigation for Corruption

The former assistant chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission is under investigation for corruption.

Guatemalan President is Facing Impeachment for Illegal Political Financing
Guatemala’s Supreme Court ordered Congress to consider lifting President Jimmy Morales’ immunity from prosecution after evidence emerged that his campaign received illegal financing.
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