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Closing Down the Safe Havens

Corrupt funds that are laundered through the UK represent misery for millions of people. The money has been stolen from corruption-resources-corruption-resources-health and corruption-resources-corruption-resources-education budgets from infrastructure and law enforcement, and many other areas of public spending.

This both degrades those services and removes funds that should rightfully be invested in their country of origin.

The stolen funds should be identified frozen, seized and – with proper safeguards – returned to the rightful owners. This is what the recovery of corruptly-obtained assets aims to achieve.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the blocks in the system that are preventing recovery of the proceeds of grand corruption located in or routed through, the UK.

A visualisation of some of the report’s findings is accessible here.


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  • Report published: Dec 2013

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