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Corruption affects millions of people, and is deeply linked to inequality and underdevelopment around the world. Yet rooting out corruption should not just be the priority and duty of the developing country. Countries like the UK have a major role to play.

The “From Russia with Cash” landmark documentary by Channel 4 and Amos Productions highlights the need to prevent money laundering through the UK property market.

Following the release of the “Empowering the UK to recover corrupt assets” discussion paper, TI-UK looks into Unexplained Wealth Orders as a tool to stem the flow of corrupt money into the UK.

Guest bloggers Jamie Humphreys and James Maton discuss the Credit Agricole v Papdimitriou case and when an innocent bank could be liable to the victims of fraud.

While the EU takes important steps towards tackling money laundering and tracing the proceeds of corruption, we look at what the UK could do to strengthen itself against similar risks.

Secrecy, or more specifically the use of secret companies incorporated in offshore jurisdictions, undermines money laundering investigations and leaves the door open for corrupt wealth – stolen from around the world – to be invested in high-end UK property.

At least 19 UK firms are under investigation for an alleged conspiracy to launder £12.5 billion of dirty money, The Independent revealed yesterday. These are funds from “major criminals and corrupt officials around the world”.

Boris Johnson’s call for new homes in London to be sold first to Londoners, “not to oligarchs”, made headlines this week. But what he must consider is the ease with which an overseas buyer can invest in a London property using stolen assets – the proceeds of corruption.

What’s the point of stealing money from your country’s health and education budgets if not to enjoy it? It turns out that the UK is a personal favourite for your average corrupt dictator.

The G20 leaders meet in Australia later this year. Pressure is growing on them to build on the commitments from last June’s G8 Summit on beneficial ownership.

 

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