Bribery and Corruption

Football officials plead not guilty in FIFA bribery case

On 15 December 2015, two football officials, Rafael Callejas and Juan Angel Napout pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges that they took bribes in exchange for media and marketing contracts.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-fifa-callejas-idUKKBN0TY2PL20151215

Reuters, 15 December 2015

Switzerland's Attorney General has received 133 suspicious activity reports in relation to FIFA

On 14 December 2015, Bloomberg reported that Switzerland's Attorney General had received 133 suspicious activity reports from its anti-money laundering office that relate to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Bloomberg Business, 14 December 2015

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-14/swiss-have-received-133-suspicious-fifa-activity-reports-to-date

Billionaire businessman detained by Chinese anti-corruption police

The chairman of Fosun group, Guo Guangchang, has been detained by police and is helping authorities with an investigation.

The Guardian, 11 December 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/11/guo-guangchang-chinas-warren-buffet-goes-missing-amid-corruption-crackdown

Brazilian Police Raid the residence and office of lower house president Eduardo Cunha

It is understood that the Brazilian have raided Mr Cunha's residence and office as part of a probe into politicians' links to a scheme of kickbacks at state oil company Petrobras.

Bloomberg Business, 15 December 2015

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-15/brazil-federal-police-search-houses-of-lower-house-chief-cunha

Tom Hayes loses appeal

Tom Hayes had his sentence cut to 11 years from 14 years but failed to have his conviction overturned.

The Court reduced the sentence after considering factors such as his age, lack of seniority and his Asperger's syndrome diagnosis.

The Guardian, 21 December 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/dec/21/libor-trader-tom-hayes-loses-appeal-but-has-jail-sentence-cut-to-11-years

Cyber Crime

Man arrested in relation to the VTech Hack

A 21-year-old British man has been arrested in relation to the cyber attack on Vtech, which led to the details of six million children and five million adults being hacked.

The Telegraph, 15 December 2015

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/12051439/Millions-of-childrens-data-hacked-after-biggest-ever-cyber-attack-on-toy-firm.html

Money Laundering

Vatican urged to combat money-laundering

The Council of Europe's Moneyval committee has urged Vatican prosecutors to move ahead and bring charges in some of the 25 money laundering investigations they have opened over the past few years.

CNBC, 15 December 2015

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/15/vatican-takes-steps-to-combat-money-laundering.html

Co-operative Bank accused of closing bank accounts "without due cause"

The Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign has accused the Co-operative Bank of removing organisations that do not fit with their brand.

The Bank has insisted the decision was based on legal obligations to carry out money laundering checks and the organisations did not meet the Bank's requirements.

BBC News, 12 December 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35074800

Nigeria ex- national security advisor faces money-laundering charges

Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria's national security adviser under former President Goodluck Jonathan was charged with fraud and money-laundering, relating to the use of $68.2million.

Bloomberg Business, 14 December 2015

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-14/nigeria-ex-security-chief-dasuki-faces-money-laundering-charges

Sanctions

U.N. ceases decade-long nuclear probe

The U.N. nuclear agency has stopped its probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms and Tehran has stated that within weeks it would finish cutbacks on present nuclear programs that the U.S. fears could be turned into making such weapons.

AP, 15 December 2015

http://bigstory.ap.org/b2eefd31be0146b39c37cae012777e91

Health & Safety

Siemens PLC and RWE Innogy UK Limited fined after death of wind turbine technician

The companies were fined a total of £152,000 after a 27-year-old man was killed when he came into contact with the unguarded rotating shaft of a gearbox within a turbine at Causeymire windfarm.

Health and Safety Executive, 14 December 2015

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/two-companies-fined-after-death-of-wind-turbine-technician/

Concrete company fined after worker crushed by stairs

ACP (Concrete) Limited, which produces precast concrete products, has been fined £180,000 for safety failings that led to the death of a worker and to another being injured.

Health and Safety Executive, 11 December 2015

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/concrete-company-find-after-worker-crushed-by-stairs/

Three companies fined after worker lost his life

Three companies, Punchards Haulage Limited, VTK Structures Limited and Hanson Packed Products Limited, have been fined a total of £140,000 for safety failings after a concrete panel fell from a lorry and killed a worker.

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/three-companies-fined-after-worker-lost-his-life/

Health and Safety Executive, 10 December 2015

J B Barbour and Co Ltd fined over unsafe work practices during refurbishment

The construction company was fined £85,000 after a worker was killed when he was struck by a falling signage and fascia assembly during shop fitting work at a retail unit.

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/construction-firm-fined-over-unsafe-work-practises-during-refurbishment/

Health and Safety Executive, 10 December 2015