We've been asking questions about Vijay Mallya for a very long time and not just in relation to the funding of his Formula One team, now rather less dependent on the group of companies he headed than it once was. Then again, the group isn't what it was, either, despite what it says on e.g. Expedia. Now he's been arrested, in London, the main questions are why has it taken almost a year since India cancelled his passport and asked for him to be sent back.
Yesterday, Theresa May, the UK's Prime Minister, took pretty much everyone by surprise by announcing that she was calling a "snap election." This means that, today, Parliament will vote for its own dissolution (not, of course, abolition - the two are entirely different) and that this Parliament will end on 3rd May, assuming a two-thirds majority vote in favour. After that date, no parliamentary business, which includes passing of primary and secondary legislation, can occur until the new session. Amongst the measures affected are those relating to EU driven counter-money laundering law and regulation, unless a massively truncated system can, in some way, be applied. Nigel Morris-Cotterill takes us into the world of Washing Up and the importance of lost debate.
When the Department of Justice and others settled criminal proceedings against Western Union there were two special features: one, liability was admitted and two "ensure that its agents around the world will adhere to U.S. Regulatory and [counter-money laundering] standards."
Is this doable while remaining profitable or does the settlement mean inevitable de-risking and closing in some markets?
Chaudhry NISAR Ali Khan, Pakistan's interior minister, gets a bad press and, like all politicians, some of it is justified. But he's got a horrible job: balancing religious interests, north and south, political interests in various regions, the continued problems resulting from partition first after separation from India and then after Bangladesh voted for independence and huge border problems on almost all sides. His country is a major source and transit country for heroin and other drugs. And there are millions of "Pakistanis" living and working overseas who own political allegiance to the country, but economic and familial allegiance to Bangladesh, or religious allegiance to tribal groups with their own interpretation of Islam. If that's not bad enough, he doesn't even know who's in the country, as he explained this weekend. But he's determined to correct that. And he has a lesson for the EU about migrants.
Michaelia Cash is Australia's Women's Minister. She is known for speaking in a, well, let's say, forceful manner. But yesterday, during a routine press conference about employment figures, she was asked to comment on a video produced by a Muslim group in Australia which says violence by women is acceptable. Cash went loopy.
Let me make it very, very clear to all Australians: it is not alright to hit a woman in Australia. We have one law and that law prohibits violence against women. We all get to comply with that law.
So, Australia says that it is a secular society to which all religions must submit. That's not going to go down well with some...
It's bizarre. A press release received today headed "Attorney General Xavier Becerra Announces Settlement With Western Union For Wire Fraud Scams, Encourages Victims to Come Forward" refers to a case that the US Department of Justice announced settled on 19th January this year under the headline "Western Union Admits Anti-Money Laundering and Consumer Fraud Violations, Forfeits USD586 Million in Settlement with Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission." In the DoJ announcement it says that the California settlement is part of the overall deal. However, there is some interesting...
In 2016, the USA's Federal Bureau of Investigations, issued a statement in Manila: a surge in cases of trafficking of children from the Philippines, and within the Philippines, for the purposes of sexual exploitation by Americans was now a focus of the long-running Operation Cross Country. For the first time, the team had operatedm in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, its campaign outside US borders in Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines. In four days, 82 minors were rescued and 239 traffickers and associates were arrested. See our 2012 story