News / / 01.26.21

The Times: Dan Gertler sanctions dropped by Donald Trump

The Trump administration eased sanctions on an Israeli mining tycoon in the days before President Biden’s inauguration. Restrictions on Dan Gertler over alleged corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were temporarily lifted by the US Treasury. The decision was not publicly announced. Mr Gertler’s lawyers were notified of the move on January 15, […]

News / / 01.26.21

AFP: After Trump eases them, Biden urged to reinstate sanctions on Israeli tycoon

Two rights groups on Monday urged the new US administration of Joe Biden to reverse former President Donald Trump’s last-minute easing of sanctions on an Israeli billionaire accused of corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The US State Department hit Dan Gertler with sanctions in December 2017 for “opaque and corrupt mining deals” struck […]

News / / 01.26.21

JCK: Diamond Trader Dan Gertler Gets OFAC Sanctions Reprieve

In an unexpected and unannounced decision made during the last week of the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of the Treasury temporarily rescinded the sanctions it had put on Israeli diamond trader Dan Gertler three years earlier. In December 2017, then-President Trump signed an executive order placing Gertler on the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) […]

News / / 01.26.21

Voice of America: To Benefit from Aid, Sudan Must Enact Tough Economic Reforms Quickly, Economist Says

Sudan’s transitional government must start moving quickly on tough, economic reforms to stabilize the economy if it wants to benefit from pledges of support offered by its international partners, said one U.S.-based analyst. On Thursday, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State Dominic Raab said the UK would provide a $453 million bridge loan to help […]

News / / 01.26.21

The Africa Report: DRC : A final gift from Trump to the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler?

Dan Gertler has a one-year respite – until 31 January 2022 to be precise – to continue doing business with US companies. This is due to a “licence” that was granted to the mining magnate by the US Department of the Treasury on 15 January – five days before the handover of power between the […]

News / / 01.26.21

Deutsche Welle: Contrats miniers, non à la corruption !

Dans l’affaire Dan Gertler, il est question de signatures de “contrats miniers et pétroliers opaques et entachés de corruption” en République démocratique du Congo. Washington accusait le milliardaire d’avoir fait perdre à la RDC 1,36 milliard de dollars de recettes fiscales dans les années 2010, sous la présidence de Joseph Kabila… Click here to read the full article. 

News / / 01.26.21

Deutsche Welle: Trump secretly eased sanctions against Israeli billionaire on way out

In the waning hours of the Trump presidency the US reversed policy and quietly eased sanctions against billionaire Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler. Now, rights groups are calling on President Joe Biden to reinstate them. Gertler was put on the sanctions list by the US State Department in December 2017, for “opaque and corrupt mining […]

Press Release / / 01.26.21

Nouveau Rapport : Risques de corruption au sein du système électoral de la RDC

Dans le flou en RDC : Le chef de la Céni fait des affaires autour du vote de 2018   The Sentry révèle, dans son enquête sur un contrat sans appel d’offres, des risques de transaction intéressée et de conflit d’intérêts au sein de la Commission électorale Washington, le 26 janvier 2021 – Un rapport d’enquête publié aujourd’hui […]

Press Release / / 01.26.21

DR Congo: Election Commission President Linked to Multimillion-Dollar Contract

Multimillion-Dollar Public Contract in DR Congo Linked to Sanctioned Elections Chief   Investigation by The Sentry Into No-Bid Contract Reveals Risks of Self-Dealing, Conflict of Interest Within Electoral Commission January 26, 2021 (Washington, DC) – An investigative report published today by The Sentry raises new concerns over risks of corruption within the electoral system of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), […]

News / / 01.25.21

Bloomberg: Trump Gave Israeli Billionaire Dan Gertler Sanctions Reprieve

Sanctioned Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler can once again access the U.S. financial system after the Treasury Department approved an authorization in the waning days of the Trump administration. The U.S. sanctioned Gertler and his companies in 2017 for allegedly corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the world’s poorest […]

News / / 01.25.21

Mining.com: Trump eased sanctions on mining tycoon Dan Gertler before leaving office

Former US president Donald Trump quietly eased sanctions on Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, related to alleged corruption and abusive mining practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just five days before leaving the White House. The order, issued on January 15, followed an appeal by lobbyists working for Gertler, including lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who helped represent Trump during […]

News / / 01.25.21

Reuters: Trump administration quietly eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Gertler

In its final week in office, former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler that were imposed for alleged corruption in Congo, according to a license issued by the Treasury Department. The license, which was not announced publicly, was issued by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), according […]

News / / 01.25.21

RFI: RDC: des ONG dénoncent l’allègement par Trump des sanctions visant Dan Gertler

Dans les derniers jours de l’administration Trump, le Trésor américain a autorisé sous conditions l’homme d’affaires israélien Dan Gertler, ses associés et ses sociétés, dont une partie sous sanctions depuis 2017, à refaire des transactions et activités, y compris bancaires. Une décision saluée par les avocats de ce proche de Joseph Kabila mais très critiquée […]

News / / 01.25.21

Middle East Eye: Trump administration eased sanctions against Israeli billionaire during final days

Days before the Trump administration left office, the US Treasury Department quietly eased sanctions against an Israeli billionaire who had been designated for taking part in alleged corrupt mining practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The US Treasury informed mining tycoon Dan Gertler on 15 January, who is based in Israel, that it would be […]

Press Release / / 01.25.21

Breaking: ICC Fugitive Arrested in Central African Republic, Headed to Hague

BREAKING: Fugitive From International Criminal Court Arrested in Central African Republic, Headed to The Hague ICC-Indicted Mahamat Saïd Abdelkani Arrested, Transferred to The Hague to Face War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Charges January 25, 2020 (Washington, DC) – Mahamat Saïd Abdelkani has been surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the authorities of […]

Press Release / / 01.24.21

In Secret Action, Trump Administration Granted License to Sanctioned Mining Billionaire Dan Gertler

In Secret Action, Trump Administration Granted License to Sanctioned Mining Billionaire Dan Gertler   Experts Recommend Banks Maintain Blocks on Gertler-Linked Assets and Transactions January 24, 2021 (Washington, DC) – In a secret, last-minute action, the Trump administration gave Israeli mining tycoon Dan Gertler and his businesses a license to, in effect, nullify sanctions previously […]

News / / 01.24.21

Financial Times: Dan Gertler wins reprieve from US sanctions over alleged Congo corruption

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News / / 01.24.21

The New York Times: Trump Administration Quietly Eased Sanctions on Israeli Billionaire

The Trump administration quietly moved in its final days to ease sanctions imposed in late 2017 on an Israeli billionaire who had been punished by the Treasury Department for corrupt and abusive mining practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The reversal by the Treasury came after an appeal by lobbyists with close ties to former President […]

Press Release / / 01.21.21

UK Foreign Secretary Raab in Sudan, Expert Commentary Available

UK Foreign Secretary Meets Leaders in Sudan, as Experts Urge Action on Military Capture of Industrial and Economic Sectors   January 21, 2021 (London / Washington, DC) – UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is meeting with leaders in Khartoum today. Experts at The Sentry, an investigative and policy team co-founded by George Clooney and John […]

Press Release / / 01.21.21

Refinitiv joins forces with The Sentry to prevent war criminals abusing the financial system

This press release is also available on Refinitiv’s website here.   January 21, 2021 Refinitiv joins forces with The Sentry to prevent war criminals abusing the financial system The Sentry to provide Refinitiv with open-source data to enhance its World-Check dataset and disrupt war criminal networks. London / New York: Refinitiv, one of the world’s largest providers […]