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Swiss-style badwill banking (for more examples see below)
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Abdoul-Karim Dan-Azoumi is the owner of Badica, the largest diamond exporter in the Central African Republic (CAR). An October 2014 United Nations report by a panel of experts branded Dan-Azoumi’s company a key financial backer of the rebel Seleka group which has been fighting government forces in the CAR conflict that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. The United Nations alleged that fees paid by Dan-Azoumi’s companies to Séléka rebels in order to illegally export diamonds allowed the rebels to remain armed. Dan-Azoumi lives in Antwerp, Belgium’s diamond capital.
Dan-Azoumi became an HSBC client in 2000. He was linked to five bank accounts. Two of them were associated with a client account under the name of “Kampala Holdings S.A.,” which lists Dan-Azoumi as beneficial owner. The maximum amount in the account in 2006/2007 was $467,592. The other three bank accounts belonged to a numbered client account, which was closed in 2006. He was linked to “32618 BG” alongside another individual. HSBC bank communications explain that the bank closed the account for the benefit of an offshore account that was going to have Dan-Azoumi as beneficial owner.
Dan Azoumi did not respond to ICIJ's repeated requests for comment.
Diamonds because of their highest value per ounce have become badwill merchants currency of choice - they also illustrate the pre-digital ages crisis of not knowing how bloodily something was sources
possible solution during UN's year o changing back to sustainable markets - why wouldnt each first lady of fashion 4 development give away her largest diamond to the poor-do so before diamonds become wortheless anyhow as the elast cool thing any sustainability beauty can wear
Swiss Cheese Banking stinks as much as Wall Streets - sadly Basle dictates liquidity rules of global banking. It got them oh so wrong on property, and switzerland's value to the rest of the world needs to be equated with the trust worthiness of its biggest banking clients. World Citizen remedy - unite in selling swiss francs at the same time until they are worth one third of the level they started 2015. Then offer switzerland a merger with euro before selling off more
Low trust currnecies are not jst a Swiss Problem - German economists should be made jobless immediately as should most of the economists in Brussels unless they can prove themselves being not guilty of destoying youth's futures
Just as I celebrate the Japanese efforts to rebuild the eastern hemisphere after world war 2,I feel very sorry for the Germans. It wasnt their fault that the EU was set up a bureaucrats kindom not an entrepreneurial one. It was sad that their country was divided up with 40 years of the scary USSR.But they didnt need to team up with swiss and luxembourg banking- and their view of 21st C economics is spinning the most anti-youth futures ever seen - especially in boder regions inside and outside the wall that is the EU in a world youth need to trade as bodreless.
Not until the Gernans turn the corner and become Europe's most responsible nation for the whole of the hempisphere enares them can they dialogue as an equal with the disatroius backing that is wall street and which will become chnina unless goodwill banking blossoms the world over before The Economist's 175th birthday in 2018
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a sample of cases of swiss banking alleged links to arms dealers
Aziza Kulsum Gulamali, born in Burundi in 1944, is also known as the “Coltan Queen” for her alleged role in trafficking that precious metal, central to much mobile phone technology. The United Nations has criticized Gulamali for financing and providing weapons to rebels during Burundi’s civil war in the early 1990s. In 2002, Swiss authorities charged Gulamali and members of her immediate family with money laundering. The case was later dropped and Gulamali won nominal court costs.
Listed as living in Belgium, Kulsum was linked to three HSBC numbered client accounts opened between 1990 and 1997. One account -15208BAMA- linked to two bank accounts that together held as much as $3.26 million in 2006/2007, was later blocked for unspecified compliance reasons.She showed up as a joint account holder of that numbered client account. The other two accounts were closed in 1995 and 2000. The leaked files do not specify the exact role Kulsum had in relation to these accounts.
Fana Hlongwane is the chairman of consulting and manufacturing companies in the military equipment sector. A former commander of the African National Congress’s military, he was the special adviser to the Defense Minister Joe Modise from 1995 to 1998. In 1999 he acted as an alleged arms dealer between South Africa and British Aerospace (BAE). By the end of 2015, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry, assigned by President Jacob Zuma, is expected to issue a report about Hlongwane’s alleged involvement in "fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages" for the 1999 multibillion-dollar arms purchase by South Africa from BAE.
Fana Hlongwane became an HSBC client in 2001 and was the beneficial owner of the client account “Leynier Finance SA” that had five bank accounts linked to it. Leynier Finance SA listed an address in the British Virgin Islands. The account held as much as $887,905 in 2006/2007. Hlogwane was also linked to two more client accounts: “Golden Dorada Investment Limited” and to numbered account “32444”. The leaked files do not specify the exact role that he had in relation to these client accounts. They linked him to 20 more bank accounts that together held as much as $12.7 million in 2006/2007. The account “32444” was closed in 2006.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan is a member of the House of Saud and was Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005. Since 2005, he has been secretary general of the Saudi National Security Council. In addition, he was director of the Saudi Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014. In July 2014, he was designated as King Abdullah's advisor and special envoy. Prince Bandar negotiated, together with Margaret Thatcher, the 1985 Al Yamamah deal, a massive arms sale by the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia worth $80 billion. Arms manufacturer BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace) has been accused of funneling secret disbursements into a couple of Saudi embassy accounts in Washington over several years. In 2007 the BBC's investigative program Panorama reported that BAE Systems “paid hundreds of millions of pounds to the ex-Saudi ambassador to the U.S."
HSBC records show Prince Bandar, became an HSBC client in June 1999. He was connected to four client accounts. He was the beneficial owner of one named “Kafinvest Operating Limited” opened in 2005. The client account listed three bank accounts that together held as much as $15.6 million in 2006/2007. Of the other three client accounts, two were closed in 2000 and the third reported a balance of zero.
A sample of swiss banking alegedly helping african moguls who hurt their nations
Belhassen Trabelsi became a wealthy businessman in Tunisia during the presidency of his brother-in-law Zine el Abidine Ben Ali (1989-2011). His sister Leila, a former hairdresser, married Ben Ali in 1992 and began placing her 10 siblings in key positions in government and the economy. Belhassen Trabelsi became the chieftain of the Trabelsi clan. He fled his country in 2011 in the midst of a popular revolt that ousted Ben Ali. He and his family members now live in Canada, where they arrived in 2001 on a private jet and where they are seeking refugee status. Trabelsi was convicted for corruption in absentia in 2011 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Trabelsi became an HSBC client in 2006. He was listed as beneficial owner of three bank accounts under the name of “Zenade Resources Limited,” that held as much as $2,837,034 in 2006/2007. HSBC records also tied him to the numbered account “48451MH” which listed four bank accounts and held as much as $22,083,647 in 2006/2007. The leaked files do not specify the exact role that Trabelsi had in relation to this numbered account created in 2006.
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West Africa Newsletter reported in 2011 that Bédié had “reinvented” himself as the director of a Swiss rice, sugar, coffee and cocoa multinational corporation.
Bédié was an HSBC client between 1992 and 2000, coinciding with the period in which his father, Henri Konan Bédié, was the country’s president. He was linked to at least two client accounts. Bédié was 50 percent beneficial owner of the account “Amoryn Holdings Limited B.V.I" which was opened in 1999 and closed in 2000. The other 50 percent stake was held by a French chocolate trader, according to leaked HSBC files. He was also linked to the account “Lagoon6” opened in 1992 and closed in 2000. The leaked files do not specify Bédié’s exact role in relation to this account.
Bédié told ICIJ that he did not wish to address questions related to his accounts, questions "to which I provided significant answers over 10 years ago, in particular to Swiss judicial authorities in 2000."
Rachid Mohamed Rachid was appointed Egypt’s minister of trade and industry in 2004. He kept his post until he fled Cairo shortly after the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak began in early 2011. Before entering the cabinet, he played prominent corporate roles in international business. Rachid served as president of Unilever for North Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey and was a member of the board of directors of HSBC Egypt. In three trials held in Egypt during 2011 and 2014, the former minister was convicted in absentia and sentenced to a total of 35 years in prison and ordered to pay at least $330 million for illegal profiteering and squandering public funds. According to an Egyptian media report, local authorities are “investigating Rachid’s accounts since he fled the country and have reportedly sought Interpol intervention in apprehending both him and his daughter abroad.” In 2013, Rachid settled two other corruption charges by paying a fine of around $2.2 million to Egyptian authorities.
Listed as “President of Unilever for MENA + Turkey,” Rachid Mohamed Rachid became an HSBC client in 2003. He was beneficial owner of a client account under the name “Lexington Investments Limited” that listed 10 bank accounts. Together they held as much as $31 million in 2006/2007.
A sample pof south americans whos swiss banking alegedly did not help their nation's integrity
Carlos Hank Rhon is a Mexican billionaire and co-owner of Grupo Financiero Interacciones and Grupo Hermes. For the last 50 years, the Hanks have been considered one of the most influential families in Mexico. Forbes puts his fortune at more than $2 billion and has ranked his family among the 800 wealthiest families in the world. However, the origin of the Hank family fortune (which was begun by Carlos’ father, the well know politician Carlos Hank Gonzalez; Carlos’ son and Carlos’ brother Jorge) has been the subject of investigations, controversy and official scrutiny. In 1999, a preliminary report on the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center’s “Operation White Tiger” leaked to the press and linked the Hank family to drug trafficking and money laundering for the Tijuana drug cartel. Janet Reno, then attorney general, disavowed the report. Carlos Hank Rhon, who controlled the Laredo National Bank, which was also named in the report, in June 2001 agreed to pay a $40 million fine to the U.S. Federal Reserve for hiding the names of the real owners of the bank. Even before that, Carlos Hank Rhon was investigated for money laundering by Mexican, Swiss and French judges. They were trying to establish the origin of bank transfers — allegedly connected with drug cartels — made to Enrique and Raúl Salinas de Gortari, brothers of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Carlos Hank Rhon admitted that he made the transfer to Raúl Salinas when he was questioned by Mexican authorities. However, he did not give more details. Enrique Salinas and his wife were acquitted of the money laundering accusations by a French judge in 2006. There are no pending charges against the Hank family.
Carlos Hank Rohn became an HSBC client in 2005. He was the beneficial owner of a client account under the name “Hmex Pte. Ltd.” He later stopped being in that position, as Hank Rohn’s files listed his profile for this account as “stricken .” “Hmex Pte. Ltd.” had 10 bank accounts that together held as much as $158 million in 2006/2007. Hank Rohn was also linked to a numbered client account with one bank account which held as much as $20.1 million in 2006/2007. The leaked files do not specify the exact role he had in relation to this account.
Sports and fashions dont come out too sporting from swiss bank's alleged client behavuous - examples
Briatore is known for his businesses linked to the Formula One World Championship, including Formula FB Business Ltd., a company based in the British Virgin Islands. He has headed Formula One teams for both Renault, which won both the driver's and constructor's championships in 2005 and 2006, and for Benetton. Briatore was forced to resign from the ING Renault F1 team over accusations that a team member had staged a crash to provide an advantage for a teammate during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. After the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) conducted its own investigation, the federation banned Briatore from FIA-organized events for life in September 2009. The ban was overturned by a French court in January 2010. From 2007 to 2010, he was part-owner and chairman of London's Queens Park Rangers Football Club but resigned when questions were raised about his takeover. He created the Billionaires Club, which holds a four-day party at the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo and, in his personal life, is known for having dated famous supermodels.
Briatore was linked to 9 HSBC client accounts. He was listed as beneficial owner of at least six of them: Benton Investments Inc., Pinehurst Properties, and numbered account “27361” (which closed in 2005); Adderley Trading Ltd (closed in 2004); and Formula FB Business Ltd and GP2 Ltd which remained active by the time of the leak. Through the nine client accounts, Briatore was connected with 38 bank accounts, which together held as much as $73 million between 2006/2007.
Briatore’s lawyer Philippe Ouakra told ICIJ that the accounts and figures dated “back to more than 10 years ago with the effect that Mr Briatore is incapable of confirming or denying the details of your assertions.” The lawyer said further: “Mr. Briatore can confirm that he and certain companies of his group of companies – some of which were operated from Switzerland – have held certain bank accounts in Switzerland, in a perfectly legal way in any and all respects and in compliance, in particular, with any and all applicable tax laws and regulations.” In response to Ouakra’s assertions, ICIJ requested comment for five accounts still open in 2008. “Mr. Briatore shall make no further comment,” he replied.
Internationally known by his first name, Valentino was the favorite designer of many of the world's most famous women. For example, he designed the dress that Jacqueline Kennedy wore when she married Aristotle Onassis. He retired from the fashion catwalks in 2008 after 45 years in fashion.
Valentino became client of HSBC in 2000. The leaked files revealed the Italian designer was connected to at least nine bank accounts through a numbered client account labelled “3326 CR,” created in 2001, that held as much as $108.4 million in 2006/2007. He was listed as “Attorney A” and “beneficial owner” of the account. Garavani was part beneficial owner of two other client accounts opened in 2000 and closed in 2004: Dibag Fashion Developments NV Rub VG and Dibag Fashion Developments NV Rub GG.
It was 1990 when Lavrentis Lavrentiadis took the wheel of Neochimiki, the chemical production company he inherited from his father. At that time he was 18, and his corporation employed 24 people. Two decades later Lavrentiadis’ companies — not only Neochimiki, but also Alapis (then the biggest pharmaceutical company in Greece) and Proton Bank among many others — were estimated to employ almost 35,000 people. In 2012 he was accused of lending himself and his associates nearly €600 million ($760 million) through Proton Bank. An audit by the Bank of Greece found that more than 40 percent of Proton's commercial loans in 2010 were made to companies related to Lavrentiadis. He was also accused of fraud, money laundering and membership in a criminal gang. Lavrentiadis was kept in custody for 18 months and was later released under restrictive orders. He — and 42 more defendants in the Proton Bank case — are scheduled to stand trial on March 23, 2015.
Lavrentiadis became an HSBC client in October 1998. He was connected to seven client accounts, all opened between 1998 and 2002 and later closed. Two of them were numbered accounts, “28132KD” and “SARGOS84.” The other five had company names. The seven accounts linked Lavrentiadis to at least 12 bank accounts that together held as much as $4.6 million. The leaked files do not specify the exact role that he had in relation to the accounts.
Despite repeated attempts, Lavrentis Lavrentiadis could not be reached for comment.
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Narcisa de Leon Escaler became the first woman to represent the Philippines at the United Nations in Geneva when she was appointed in the 1990s. She went on to become deputy director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental organization. She would spend over eight years in Switzerland and has called Geneva her “home away from home.” Described as a “trim” and “elegant” ambassador, Escaler is a self-confessed fan of Audrey Hepburn, New York’s Central Park and London’s elite Dorchester Hotel. Escaler’s other activities include her association with LVN Pictures, the Philippine’s largest movie studio, and her work with Children’s Hour, a charity addressing child abuse, healthcare and education.
De Leon was the account holder of two numbered client accounts. She became an HSBC client in 2001. Both accounts were co-held with a family member, and they were both closed, one in 2002 and the other in 2006. The second one, listed three bank accounts that held together as much as $104,171 in 2006/2007. De Leon’s account listed her as “retired.”
Escaler did not respond to ICIJ's repeated requests for comment