On January 12, 2017, Al Jazeera released a documentary on the use of INTERPOL red notices by several countries to extraterritorialy persecute exiled dissidents. The documentary is linked below:
On January 10, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted three former traders at major banks for “conspiring to fix prices and rig bids for U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the FX spot market,” per the press release announcing the indictment. The indictment, filed in the Southern District of New York, charges Richard Usher (former Head of G11 FX Trading-UK at an affiliate of The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, as well as former Managing Director at an affiliate of JPMorgan Chase & Co.), Rohan Ramchandani (former Managing Director and head of G10 FX spot trading at an affiliate of Citicorp) and Christopher Ashton (former Head of Spot FX at an affiliate of Barclays PLC) each with one count of Conspiracy to Restrict Trade. The indictments come after, on January 4, 2017, former trader Jason Katz pleaded guilty to the same charges for his involvement in the FX market manipulation scheme. Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase &Co., Barclays PLC, and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme on May 20, 2015, and agreed to pay criminal fines totaling more than $2.5 billion.
The indictment can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/924206/download
INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database has now been used to identify ten thousand victims of sexual abuse throughout the globe, INTERPOL officials announced Monday. The database uses “sophisticated image and video comparison software” to enable officers to match documentation of sexual abuse with the children being abused, their whereabouts, and their abusers. The database, which was launched less than seven years ago, is now utilized by 49 countries, including the United States, often in conjunction with the work done by local and federal law enforcement entities. Authorized users can access the database in real time; the rapid sharing of information attempts to aid law enforcement in locating victims of child sexual abuse as quickly as possible, the aim in any investigation, but especially in child sexual abuse cases.
For more information, visit the INTERPOL website: https://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2017/N2017-001
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