Informal construction endangering the status of Lake Ohrid

Informal construction is endangering the status of Lake Ohrid causing irreparable environmental damage.Arlis Alikaj, Ivana Nateska This is a summary of a cross-border article published by trainees of our Investigate programme, supported by GIZ. For several years, the non-governmental organizations that take care of the preservation of the Ohrid region have been sounding the alarm Read more about Informal construction endangering the status of Lake Ohrid[…]

Angola: From the Dos Santos recovery towards the future?

In mid-August, Angola was again in the news over the conviction of José Filomeno dos Santos, the ex-governor of Angola’s national bank and two others, for fraud and influence peddling relating to the transfer of USD 500,000 from the Angolan National Bank to a bank account in the UK. This case though comes as part Read more about Angola: From the Dos Santos recovery towards the future?[…]

COVID-19 and asset recovery: an overview

The global health pandemic may, on its face, have little to do with cross-border corruption and asset recovery. Look a little beneath the surface though and it becomes clear that the challenges posed by the pandemic have far reaching implications for the prevention of cross-border corruption and the recovery of stolen assets. Pandemic-related challenges The Read more about COVID-19 and asset recovery: an overview[…]

The European Court of Justice annuls Ukrainian sanctions – what now?

The European Court of Justice in its decision of the 11 July 2019 annulled the 2014-2018 EU sanctions that had been in force to freeze the assets of several high-ranking former Ukrainian officials since 2013, including those of former president Yanukovych. These asset freezes had been put in place after the Ukrainian revolution to support Read more about The European Court of Justice annuls Ukrainian sanctions – what now?[…]

Investigating cross-border corruption 101

One and a half years ago, CiFAR launched its first project with young, investigative journalists – Investigate the Mediterranean – supported by GIZ. This project was ambitious: to train young journalists who might have had no experience in investigations, let alone financial crime investigations, to bring them together with peers from North Africa and Europe, Read more about Investigating cross-border corruption 101[…]

1MDB is moving forward, but it’s far from the end of the story

The 1MDB scandal is the principle asset recovery case in Malaysia at the moment and for good reason: it involves a lot of money: potentially up to US $4.5 billion, it alleges wrongdoing at the highest levels, with former Prime Minister Najib at the centre of the allegations, and it involves multiple jurisdictions. The scope Read more about 1MDB is moving forward, but it’s far from the end of the story[…]

Returning to Germany: East German cash and Swiss Banks

Asset recovery is often between rich Western states that harbour illicit wealth and poorer countries rebuilding after a change in regime or dealing with a large corruption scandal whose former leaders have stolen public funds. It is not always the case though, with recovery taking place regularly on the basis of organized crime between different Read more about Returning to Germany: East German cash and Swiss Banks[…]

Mozambique: The Hidden Debt Case

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a GDP of US$11 billion in 2016. In the last year a US$2 billion case has embroiled the country and has the potential for far reaching consequences. The Hidden Debt case involved a confidential US$2 billion loan from the UK branches of the Swiss Bank Read more about Mozambique: The Hidden Debt Case[…]