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.
A little bit more on the arrest of the head of Ndrangheta, but with an account of its loose organisational structure, comparing it to al Qaeda.
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
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.
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?
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.