News / / 11.13.19

BBC World Service: Newsday: Why does Russia want to end the embargo on the Central African Republic’s diamonds?

In recent years, Russia has been seeking to expand its influence in Africa. One country it has focused on is the Central African Republic, a small but strategic nation with significant diamond mines. Russia has now announced that it wants to lift an embargo which prohibits suspected “blood diamonds ” from being exported from certain […]

News / / 11.05.19

New York Times: South Sudan Silences a Witness to Its Horrors

“Reporting the facts of such highly volatile and complex crises is essential if they are ever to be tackled, and if the death and suffering are ever to end. The oil companies and authorities who fan the flames for their own ends need to be exposed, and nongovernmental organizations such as Mr. Clooney’s and reporters […]

News / / 11.01.19

Anadolu Agency: Despite other rich resources, South Sudan’s oil may fuel war

“Oil revenues and income from other natural resources have continued to fund the [South Sudan civil] war, enabling its continuation and the resulting human rights violations,” according to The Sentry, a website focused on “dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers.” The Petroleum Ministry funded food, fuel, and satellite phone airtime […]

News / / 10.29.19

Radio Miraya: New Sentry Report Details Impact of Sanctions in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new report that examines the effectiveness of sanctions is proposing improved regional collaboration and enforcement of ‘network sanctions’ as opposed to individual restrictions, to effectively address threats to regional and international stability. The report compiled by ‘The SENTRY,’ a US-based non-profit investigative team, examines the broad impact of sanctions levied by the United States, […]

News / / 10.24.19

Wall Street Journal: New Report Evaluates Sanctions Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sanctions programs levied on some Sub-Saharan African countries could be made more effective by targeting specific networks rather than comprehensive sanctions against an entire country, a new report says. The report, published by policy advocacy group The Sentry on Thursday, evaluates the effectiveness of sanctions programs currently or previously placed by the U.S., the European Union […]

News / / 10.18.19

Holland & Hart LLP: OFAC Sanctions “Sudanese Oligarch” for Fraud and Corrupt Dealings in South Sudan

On October 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on Ashraf Seed Ahmed Hussein Ali, a Sudanese national widely known by his pseudonym “Al-Cardinal,” pursuant to Executive Order 13818 and the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, for his alleged involvement in bribery, kickbacks, and procurement fraud with senior […]

News / / 10.16.19

Associated Press: Tensions high as South Sudan faces unity government deadline

South Sudan’s fragile peace deal is faltering less than a month before the country’s president and armed opposition leader are meant to form a coalition government and begin the long recovery from a five-year civil war. Some doubt it’s safe enough for opposition leader Riek Machar to return to the country by Nov. 12, when […]

News / / 10.13.19

Associated Press: Sudan, rebel groups set to begin peace talks – Here’s what you should know

Sudan’s new, transitional authorities have six months to make peace with the country’s rebels under a power-sharing deal reached this summer between the military and the pro-democracy movement following the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April. If they fail to do so, it could undermine the deal and put the country’s fragile transition […]

News / / 10.11.19

Radio Tamazuj: US sanctions two businessmen in South Sudan for alleged corruption

The United States on Friday placed sanctions on two businessmen, saying they had been involved in corruption and procurement fraud in South Sudan. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Sudanese businessman Ashraf Seed Ahmed Al-Cardinal and South Sudanese businessman Kur Ajing Ater Ajing for “involvement in bribery, kickbacks […]

News / / 10.11.19

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Warns South Sudan May Face Sanctions

The U.S. may impose sanctions on South Sudan’s ruling elite if leaders fail to meet a mid-November deadline to form a unity government, a senior U.S. official warned Thursday. The world’s youngest nation, South Sudan plunged into conflict two years after separating from Sudan and gaining international recognition in 2011. The country’s feuding factions agreed […]

News / / 10.08.19

Business Day: South Sudan oil investment could turn out to be a risky bet for SA

The Africa Oil and Power (AOP) Conference taking place in Cape Town this week is a high-powered event bringing together African governments and top executives of corporates across the energy value chain. The AOP website describes it as “the venue for deal-making with Africa’s emerging enterprises and economies” Deals may be clinched, but will they […]

News / / 10.08.19

Associated Press: Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will. The government is also blocking rubber gloves sold by industry leader Ansell whose customers include surgeons, mechanics […]

News / / 10.08.19

OCCRP: The Sentry Report: Time to Stop Al-Cardinal 

Sudanese businessman Ashraf Seed Ahmed Hussein Ali, known as Al-Cardinal, remains “a major enabler of corruption and violence for President Salva Kiir’s government,” claims the latest investigative report by The Sentry. Al-Cardinal, according to the report published on Monday, “has mastered the art of doing business in a state riddled with corruption.” Since 2006, he has “exploited opaque […]

News / / 10.07.19

RUSI – Suspicious Transaction Report Podcast: Episode 03: Is a New Approach Needed?

Host Isabella Chase looks at how innovation could be used to solve a number of problems in the AML/CFT regime. To discuss the latest financial crime news she is joined by Denisse Rudich and Nick Parfitt where they dissect a case brought against BNP Paribas, UK companies being exploited for crime and the latest sanctions […]

News / / 10.02.19

Wall Street Journal: Top U.S. Sanctions Chief to Leave Trump Administration for Private Sector

The Trump administration’s sanctions chief, responsible for wielding U.S. financial firepower as the White House’s primary foreign-policy tool, is leaving for the private sector, Treasury Department officials said. Sigal Mandelker, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, signaled over the summer her desire to step down, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the Wall Street Journal… […]

News / / 10.02.19

JCK: Customs Cracking Down on Imports of Congo Gold, Marange Diamonds

On Sept. 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warned that it will prevent the importation of gold from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and diamonds from Marange, Zimbabwe, that are believed to have been produced with forced labor. The move gives CBP the ability to detain Congo gold and Marange diamonds by issuing Withhold Release Orders. […]

News / / 10.01.19

BBC World Service: BBC Newsday interview with Sasha Lezhnev

Click here to listen to the BBC interview with Sasha Lezhnev. (Interview starts at 41:34)

News / / 09.28.19

Sudan Tribune: US reviewing The Sentry’s report on corruption in S. Sudan

The United States is reviewing The Sentry’s recent report on corruption in South Sudan, the State Department said on Sunday. “We welcome The Sentry’s efforts to bring light to corrupt practices in South Sudan. The relationship between corruption and conflict in South Sudan is of long-standing concern to the U.S. government, and we are troubled […]

News / / 09.28.19

U.S. Department of State: The Sentry Report on Corruption in South Sudan

The Department of State is reviewing the newly released report by The Sentry entitled, “The Taking of South Sudan.” We welcome The Sentry’s efforts to bring light to corrupt practices in South Sudan. The relationship between corruption and conflict in South Sudan is of long-standing concern to the U.S. government, and we are troubled by […]

News / / 09.25.19 Poor Due Diligence Facilitated South Sudanese Graft and Laundering Scheme: Sources

A Macedonian bank released $48 million in frozen funds after Uganda’s chief prosecutor gave assurances that the payments in question were above board. But documents recently obtained by the Sentry, a branch of a nonprofit group that investigates corruption in East Africa, appear to show that the funds were embezzled from South Sudan’s public coffers […]