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US STEPS UP DEPORTATION OF IMMIGRANT CRIMINALS

Let’s hope this doesn’t just expand the network as a previous Post article suggested was happening. Needs a big research project on prison gangs and their links into other countries in order to produce a policy that doesn’t just spread ideas and networks across the criminal fraternity.

AT LEAST GERMANY STAMPS ON TAX HAVENS

Piece by Nick Cohen on the crimes of the rich and powerful. usual comments follow! Times claims that data has been sold to UK authorities as well as German investigators. See http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/money/tax/article3423610.ece

CHEAP COCAINE FLOODS ARGENTINA

Very depressing article from the New York Times on “paco”, a chemical laden version of cocaine for the poor and the unemployed. Takes you back to Merton.

CRITICISMS OF EU TERROR LIST SYSTEM

And about time too! Whilst it is acceptable to have such a listing process, there has to be a procedure for proving a suspect’s innocence and getting people removed from the list. There also has to be transparency over the process of being placed on the list. EU parliament’s civil liberties committee debating Council of Europe report.

TAB IN SCAM AT TAX OFFICE IN D.C. NEARS $50 MILLION

This case was reported earlier in the blog, but there is more in the present Washington Post article on methods and the discovery of a general climate of corruption in the office. The practice goes back 20 years, prosecutors now think. Organised or disorganised crime?

ADAMOV CONVICTED OF STEALING $30 MILLION

Former Russian nuclear power minister convicted of stealing from a joint us-Russian uranium venture. Unclear whether this conviction will satisfy US authorities. Russians refused to extradite. May be a precedent here for a future prosecution for murder of Litvinenko…or not. Interesting to see how US reacts to the conviction. There will be an appeal.

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