The $200 million a year refugee smuggling operation in Libya

A $200 million a year business and growing  The EU – Turkey deal to close the borders of the EU to refugees and migrants has shifted the human smuggling routes back to Libya. The focus back to Libya means ISIS’ large source of terrorist financing from this activity is flowing again, which may also facilitate [...]

A banker’s update on terrorist financing and money laundering from the US Committee on Homeland Security

Summary of the Updates The US House Committee on Homeland Security released a number of updates and received testimony on the status of terrorist financing, terrorism and money laundering in the last few weeks with some interesting developments relevant to banks in terms of changes in terrorist financing typologies that should be added to anti-money [...]

A difficult issue facing the refugee crisis – the fake Syrian refugee and its terrorism and money laundering concerns

Complicated Growing Use of Fake Syrian Passports According to several recent news reports, many, many refugees and migrants entering, or who have entered, the EU are doing so with false Syrian passports, creating what may be the biggest mass fraud of our time and the largest money laundering activity by sheer volume. In addition to [...]

France to limit cash and ‘anonymous’ transactions; introduces new law; et mobilise contre le terrorisme avec l’investissement de €736 million

€736 Million Investment in Counter-Terrorism Infrastructure Le gouvernement français a décrété une “mobilisation générale” contre le terrorisme, annonçant la création de 2,680 emplois et le déblocage de €736 millions sur trois ans. Le Premier ministre a présenté des mesures visant à mieux lutter contre les filières suspectes, notamment via internet et dans les prisons, évaluant [...]

UK’s proposed controversial counter-terrorism law deals with home-grown terrorists and their return, including permitting forced relocation of suspects

Admittedly, infringing rights to uphold democracy Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime The UK’s tough and controversial new counter-terrorism legislation is slated to be reviewed by the House of Lords on Monday before being given Royal Assent in an expedited fashion. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (HC 127) is intended to address [...]

UK to prohibit insurance payments to terrorists for ransom and jail insurance executives for up to 14 years for terrorist financing on conviction

Ransom payments The UK government’s proposed Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 127 (the “Counter-Terrorism & Security Act“), now at Second Reading in the UK Parliament, will prohibit insurance companies from making ransom payments to terrorists and terrorist organizations. The provision would amend §17, the counter-terrorism financing part of the UK Terrorism Act 2000, to make it an [...]

News report says that $125 million paid to listed terrorist groups for ransom payments

According to this article in the New York Times, governments of the European Union have paid at least $125 million to terrorist organizations, mostly Al Qaeda, since 2008 and $66 million of that was paid last year. The US Treasury Department estimates the figure is closer to $165 million and believes that ransom payments are [...]

From Russia with Love – the elusive female terrorist and Russia’s sweeping new anti-terrorism laws

“From Paris With Love”  In a weird case of real life emulating fiction, the mass hunt for the alleged prospective suicide bomber, the so-called “black widow” of Chechnya, Ruzana Ibragimova, before the Sochi Olympic Games is playing out a little like the film “From Paris With Love“, the fictional story of a beautiful female terrorist [...]

Holy See issues new anti-money laundering motu proprio

Vatican Strengthens Anti-Money Laundering Pope Francis issued a new anti-money laundering motu proprio effective today to implement the recommendation of Moneyval in respect of the prevention of money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

UK independent reviewer releases 2012 terrorism report

The independent reviewer of the U.K.’s terrorism legislation has released his latest report (the “Report“) highlighting terrorism developments over the last 12 months in the U.K. Some interesting parts of the Report are as follows: Terrorist acts targeted against Jewish people According to the Report, there were several terrorist incidents in the U.K. principally targeted [...]