US seeks money laundering forfeiture of a large cargo ship citing sanctions and correspondent banking violations

The US government unsealed a federal forfeiture complaint this week, seeking in rem forfeiture of a cargo ship that was used for sanctions avoidance to benefit North Korea which used US correspondent banks to engage in sanctions avoidance. The case has no tie to the US except for the use of correspondent banks and is […]

Predictive money laundering and damming orders – what are they?

WMD Last week, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against a bank in China for allegedly providing financial services to North Korean companies and said it was rolling out more sanctions in the weeks to come. The bank, the Bank of Dandong, is alleged to have facilitated money laundering by allowing its bank to be […]

The CIA on terrorism and tech

On June 16, 2016, the Director of the CIA testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in respect of the Islamic State (ISIS), terrorism and technology generally. Here is an executive summary: The CIA said there there has never been a time when there is such a “dizzying” array of national security issues and […]

‘Twitter terrorist’ a danger, says panel at ACAMS Conference

The Lawyers Weekly has a good story covering the ACAMS Conference in Toronto’s panel on terrorist financing in which we participated with FINTRAC, Standard Chartered and the OPP to discuss the risks and issues of terrorism threats in Canada. The article, available here, discusses Ontario and security concerns, as well as how FINTRAC deals with […]

UN Security Council calls on ban of oil trades from listed terrorist groups

Listed terrorist group takes over energy infrastructure The Security Council of the United Nations today called on its members not to engage in financial or commercial transactions with listed terrorist groups, in particular involving the sale of oil from Syria or Iraq that would involve the financing of terrorism. Anti-terrorism and sanctions laws In Canada, […]

Billionaire banker executed in $2.6B money laundering case and two co-defendants in Canada

Billionaire money launderer executed According to the Washington Post, billionaire banker Mahafarid Amir Khosravi was executed today in Tehran for bank fraud and money laundering. He is alleged to have forged letters of credit with the assistance of bank managers from the Melli Bank to start a private bank called Aria Bank. Iranian courts found that US$2.6 […]

Canada makes its first corporate prosecution for economic sanctions violations

Although Canadian economic sanctions have been in place for years, until now Canada has never prosecuted any company for sanctions violations. That changed earlier this month when Lee Specialities Ltd., a Calgary based company, was charged with violating Canadian (and UN) economic sanctions by exporting goods to Iran that could be used for nuclear devices. The […]

l’Union européenne a annulé des sanctions iranien

Sanctions annulé Le tribunal de l’Union européenne a annulé hier des sanctions décidées par l’UE à l’encontre de sept établissements financiers et d’un ressortissant iranien en raison de leurs liens présumés avec le programme nucléaire controversé de Téhéran. Dans son arrêt, le tribunal qui siège à Luxembourg a estimé que l’UE “n’avait pas apporté la […]

US annual report on terrorism identifies terrorist safe havens

US Terrorism Report Released The U.S. Department of State released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism today (the “Report“), and interestingly, identified 10 key terrorist safe havens worldwide, namely Somalia, Mali, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Columbia and Venezuela. On the specific country reports, the Report identified positive steps taken by Canadian courts in […]

Canada imposes additional sanctions on Iran essentially prohibiting all transactions

New Sanctions Against Iran The government of Canada today announced the imposition of new sanctions against Iran as a result of the lack of progress with the reduction of Iran’s nuclear program. Effective today, Canada banned all exports from and imports to Iran, and added more entities and individuals to the list of designated persons […]