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Breaking Investigative Report: International Profiteers Looted Billions from South Sudan
The Sentry’s Co-Founders George Clooney, John Prendergast and Senior Investigators Present Hard-Hitting Report at London Press Conference; World’s Fourth Largest Company Implicated in Funding Deadly Militias; Report Details Activities by Individuals and Companies in U.S., UK, Asia, Africa
September 19, 2019 (London, UK) — A new investigative report released today by The Sentry exposes an array of international profiteers from the U.S., UK, Asia, and Africa preying upon some of the most lucrative economic and government sectors in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. As international businessmen and corrupt leaders within the country extracted billions in private profits, the people of South Sudan starved, were killed, and were driven from their homelands.
The findings of the report, “The Taking of South Sudan,” are now being presented at a press conference in London by the Co-Founders of The Sentry, George Clooney and John Prendergast, along with senior members of The Sentry’s investigative team. The report details the looting of state assets, exposes links to the family of South Sudan’s president, and reveals that the fourth largest company in the world, the China National Petroleum Corporation, provided direct support to deadly militias.
Click here to watch the press conference.
George Clooney, Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “Dar Petroleum — a multinational oil consortium led by the China National Petroleum Corporation — is not just a passive beneficiary of the horrific status quo. The company has actively participated in the destruction of South Sudan. Dar Petroleum has supported deadly militias, polluted communities endangering hundreds of thousands of people, and paid off government officials along the way. Beyond that, corporations and tycoons from around the world have helped enable looting, money laundering, and human rights violations. We’re delivering the evidence to governments and banks around the world, in hopes that this helps to interrupt the cycle of corruption and violence.”
John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “Rather than just sanctioning one official at a time, the U.S. Treasury Department has frozen the U.S. assets and dollar-denominated transactions of entire networks of people and companies complicit in terrorism, nuclear proliferation, drug trafficking and other illicit activity. We call upon the U.S. and U.K. governments to investigate and, if appropriate, impose these kinds of network sanctions on Dar Petroleum and others named in our report along with their business associates, enablers, and connected companies.”
According to the report, during South Sudan’s devastating civil war, international investors have been willing to form commercial partnerships with top politicians and members of their families. Many of these companies operate in sectors subject to significant government discretion or which have substantial links to violence.
Debra LaPrevotte, Senior Investigator at The Sentry, said: “President’s Kiir’s 20-year-old daughter and her foreign business partners obtained a mining license for territory where the government’s military, under her father’s control, later drove thousands of people from the land — people subjected to some of the worst atrocities committed during the war. The conflict of interest is shocking.”
Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy at The Enough Project, said: “The people responsible for violence and corruption in South Sudan often have strong links to the United Kingdom. We’ve found examples of warlords doing business with British citizens, U.K. nationals involved in possible embezzlement of South Sudanese state assets, and the beneficiaries of corruption buying homes here in London. It is crucial for the U.K. government to act. As we discuss in the report, the U.K. and other governments have the tools to investigative cases like these and take meaningful action.”
JR Mailey, Director of Investigations at The Sentry, said: “Profiteers from around the world have been willing to go into business with top politicians and military officials in South Sudan who are responsible for human rights abuses, and, in some cases have directly contributed to violence. Governments around the world have the tools to make sure that those who are complicit in these abuses face consequences.”
Selected highlights from the report:
More key excerpts:
Policy recommendations: The report provides urgent recommendations for how governments and the private sector — especially banks — can disrupt the global financial networks that facilitate the looting of South Sudan. Key recommendations include:
Read the full report and policy recommendations: https://eno.ug/
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ABOUT THE SENTRY
The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. By disrupting the cost-benefit calculations of those who hijack governments for self-enrichment in East and Central Africa, the deadliest war zone globally since World War II, we seek to counter the main drivers of conflict and create new leverage for peace, human rights, and good governance. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is composed of financial investigators, international human rights lawyers, and regional experts, as well as former law enforcement agents, intelligence officers, policymakers, investigative journalists, and banking professionals.
Learn more at www.TheSentry.org.