The deal of the century

It was 2011 when Hussein Salem fled Egypt to Spain. He had been accused by the new, transitional authorities of having profited through his connections with the regime of Hosni Mubarak to the tune of several billion dollars in corrupt assets. Hussein Salem was a business tycoon, known as the ‘Father of Sharm El Sheikh’[…]

6 years later, where are Mubarak´s billions?

Over the last 20 years, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his family and close circle of advisers enriched themselves through partnerships in powerful Egyptian companies, profiting from their political power and illicit enrichment from public money, according to numerous reports. Evidence shows that their wealth—obtained from illegal activities—was deposited or invested not just in Egypt,[…]

The Tunisian Job: How to recover 13 billion dollars stolen by the Ben Ali family

Zine el Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 following popular protests which ended his 23-year rule at the start of what became known as the Arab Spring. It is no secret how the ruler and his family enriched themselves during that period. The World Bank estimates the wealth of the Ben Ali family[…]

Fighting stolen assets in Italy: a chat with the Osservatorio sulla ndrangheta

Today we talked with our friends and partners at the Osservatorio contro la ndrangheta, a cultural association based in Reggio Calabria, Italy. The Osservatorio has been active against  organised crime - ndrangheta, as the mafia in Calabria is known - since 2007 through research, awareness raising and education with schools and universities, including the Humboldt[...]