Press Release / / 07.13.18

South Sudan: U.N. Security Council Votes for Arms Embargo, Renews Sanctions, Designates Two More Individuals

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution to renew the South Sudan sanctions regime and for an arms embargo until May 31, 2019. The Security Council also designated two individuals: Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army, and Malek Ruben Riak, former Deputy Chief of Staff […]

Press Release / / 07.11.18

As African Union Marks Anti-Corruption Day, Action is Needed to Counter Kleptocratic Networks

Washington, D.C. – Today, the African Union marks the 2018 Anti-Corruption Day, an opportunity for the AU to show leadership to address the catastrophic role of corruption in the worst conflicts on the continent. The ongoing deadly crises across many parts of Africa require urgent action from the AU. In particular, the AU should use […]

News / / 06.21.18

RFI: Machine à voter en RDC: un collectif américain met en garde contre le piratage

Les machines à voter en République démocratique du Congo sont dans le viseur du collectif américain Enough. Dans un rapport rendu public ce mercredi 21 juin, The Sentry, l’équipe d’investigation d’Enough, révèle l’existence de failles de sécurité dans les machines électorales que le pays prévoit d’utiliser lors de la présidentielle de décembre 2018. L’organisation n’a […]

News / / 06.21.18

Associated Press: Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

Congo’s government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year’s highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer. The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a fair election in December amid concerns that President Joseph Kabila, in office since 2001, will […]

Press Release / / 06.20.18

New Investigative Report: Security Vulnerabilities in Electronic Voting Technology Underscore Lack of Transparency in DR Congo’s Electoral Process

As President Kabila weighs running for an illegal third term, his regime’s electoral commission seeks purchase of 105,000 electronic voting machines with potentially severe security and privacy vulnerabilities. Voting machines made by same South Korean firm were rejected by Argentina Washington, D.C. – A new investigative report published today by The Sentry reveals potential vulnerabilities in the […]

News / / 06.15.18

RFI: Ouganda/Kenya: Washington demande des mesures contre les leaders sud-soudanais

…Les luxueuses demeures de Salva Kiir et Riek Machar à Nairobi Or selon Sigal Mandelker, les autorités ont l’obligation de bloquer ces opérations sur leur sol. L’ONG he Sentry a enquêté. D’après elle, le président sud-soudanais Salva Kiir et son adversaire Riek Machar possèdent tous deux de luxueuses maisons dans le quartier huppé de Lavington, à Nairobi. […]

Press Release / / 06.15.18

New U.S. Treasury Sanctions on Entities Affiliated with Gertler Critical for Addressing Violent Corruption in Congo

Washington D.C. – The Sentry and the Enough Project welcome the announcement today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it has sanctioned 14 entities pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which targets serious human rights abuse and corruption, for being affiliated with Israeli businessman and billionaire Dan Gertler. John Prendergast, […]

News / / 06.14.18

AFP: US calls for crackdown on S. Sudan war money invested in Kenya

The United States urged Kenya on Wednesday to investigate properties and assets owned by elite families from South Sudan, including its president and his rival, who have enriched themselves in their country’s civil war raging since 2013. Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence on a tour of East Africa, said […]

News / / 06.13.18

KTN News: US warns Kenya: Investigate, prosecute ‘corrupt’ Kiir & Machar or face consequences

News / / 06.13.18

Daily Nation: Kenya urged to seize assets of S.Sudan leaders

A US-based team of financial forensic specialists is criticising the Kenyan government for not investigating South Sudan leaders’ purchases of luxury homes in Nairobi. The Sentry, a non-governmental investigative unit, noted on Tuesday that in 2016 its analysts had publicly identified high-priced properties in both Kenya and Uganda acquired by South Sudanese involved in a […]

Press Release / / 06.13.18

Remarks by John Prendergast During Nairobi Press Event with U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Mandelker

Remarks by John Prendergast, Co-Founder, The Sentry Press Event with Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury Nairobi | June 13, 2018 In my short introductory remarks, I’m going to try to quickly answer six important questions: 1. WHY DOES SOUTH SUDAN MATTER TO KENYA? The government and […]

Press Release / / 06.12.18

The Sentry Urges Kenyan and Ugandan Authorities to Target Real Estate Connected to South Sudan Officials

As U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Mandelker meets with officials and banks in Nairobi to urge action against corruption and money laundering linked to war in South Sudan, properties of concern identified in The Sentry’s 2016 report have still not faced official investigations by Kenya or Uganda Washington, D.C. – In a new brief released today, The Sentry […]

News / / 06.12.18

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Warns Banks About Human Rights Abusers, Imposes Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department issued a warning to banks about human-rights abusers accessing the financial system, and imposed sanctions on two new targets. Both moves come as the Treasury highlights its role in combating corruption and human rights abuse. A top Treasury sanctions and counter-terrorism official, Sigal Mandelker, is in Africa this week raising concerns about […]

Press Release / / 06.12.18

New FinCEN Advisory Focuses on Essential Links between Corrupt Networks and Human Rights Abuses

Washington D.C. –  Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a new Advisory, Advisory on Human Rights Abuses Enabled by Corrupt Senior Foreign Political Figures and their Financial Facilitators, which focuses financial institutions on the urgent need to investigate and target the actions of corrupt Senior Politically Exposed Persons and their networks […]

News / / 06.11.18

Associated Press: US Urges Regional Governments to Block South Sudan War Money

KAMPALA, Uganda — A U.S. Treasury official is urging East African governments to tighten the loopholes that allow illicit money from war-torn South Sudan to cross into regional capitals. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in Uganda Monday that authorities in neighboring countries like Uganda must make it clear that “corrupt […]

Press Release / / 06.10.18

The Sentry Welcomes Treasury Under Secretary’s Historic Trip to Sub-Saharan Africa; Represents Critical Opportunity for Impact on Urgent Crises

Serious financial pressure with meaningful consequences is not only possible but critically necessary to counter violent kleptocracy, protect human rights and end conflict Washington, D.C. – The Sentry and the Enough Project welcome U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker’s upcoming trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The Under Secretary is […]

Op-Ed / / 06.06.18

The Daily Beast Op-ed: Congo’s Looting and Killing Machine Moves Into High Gear

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Daily Beast and was written by The Sentry Co-founder John Prendergast. KYANGWALI REFUGEE CAMP, Uganda—“What I left behind is so precious, so much more important than what I am left with here,” said the 37-year-old Congolese refugee we’ll call Edward. “When I arrived in the refugee camp, I […]

News / / 05.18.18 Inside the investigation targeting Narre Warren homeowners from war-torn South Sudan

INSIDE the lavish, sprawling estate at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Narre Warren, southeast of Melbourne, Ngouth Oth Mai and his family lived the good life. The $1.5 million mansion, fully paid up, featured an infinity pool, a sauna, a cinema, a five-car garage, a pool table, massive bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms. But […]

News / / 05.14.18

NPR: South Sudan Update

On NPR’s “Weekend Edition” this Sunday, host Lulu Garcia-Navarro spoke to The Sentry’s Co-founder, John Prendergast, about U.S. humanitarian aid to South Sudan and the current situation for people caught in the brutal war. In the interview, John urged hard-hitting financial pressures on those responsible for the conflict. Listen here:

News / / 05.13.18

ABC: Court document sheds new light on alleged money laundering case involving former South Sudanese military general

Many Australians struggle to save a deposit for a home, let alone pay for a property in full. So how did then 22-year-old Ngouth Oth Mai manage to buy a $1.5 million property in Melbourne upfront in 2014 when he had only ever earned welfare payments and lived in housing commission? That is the question […]