The move is part of a crackdown against money laundering after several scandals hit EU banks in recent months. But it has triggered criticism from several EU states worried about their economic relations with the listed states, notably Saudi Arabia. The bloc’s banks will have to carry out additional checks on payments involving entities from listed jurisdictions. The other listed states are Afghanistan, North Korea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Yemen. The 28 EU states now have one month, which can be extended to two, to endorse the list.
February 13, 2019 12:56 UTC
The Audit Bureau issued a decree provides for suspending the Sahara Bank's Chairman, the Director General, and Director of the Branch Network Administration and his assistant, in addition to the director of the financial branch of the former Sahara Bank and another staff member. The Audit Bureau explained that the decision came on the background of reports concerning the neglect and low performance of the mentioned bank officials, as well as abuse of authority, and acts that inflicted damage to public money.
February 13, 2019 12:33 UTC
Member of the House of Representatives (HoR) for the city of Murzuk Rahma Abu Bakr said that the Tabu community have the right to demand self-determination if what she described the race war on Tabu continues. In a press statement, Rahma added that the military leaders of the Tabu tribe rejected a request from the Dignity Operation to hand over Murzuk city peacefully, noting that the area of Umm Al-Aranib and suburbs of Murzuk have witnessed skirmishes and armed conflicts, including air strikes, without disclosing the human and material losses.
February 13, 2019 11:26 UTC
The Red Crescent Derna branch retrieved 10 unidentified bodies from the Old City area on Monday. The General Secretariat of the Red Crescent said on Facebook that the bodies were handed over to the competent authorities in order to undergo the necessary measures before their burial. The Libyan Red Crescent in Derna had recovered last Sunday three unidentified bodies from the same site, bringing the number of recovered corpses to 23, in just two weeks.
February 13, 2019 11:26 UTC
Member of the House of Representatives (HoR) for the city of Zintan western Libya, Abdulsalam Nassia said that insistence on holding parliamentary elections, without presidential elections, means continuing chaos. "Postponing presidential elections, means insistence on the failure of state institutions, and repeating old proposals which lead us to nowhere," Nassia tweeted, in reference to not holding presidential elections in the preceding period, along with the legislative bodies elections. "The Libyan people must know who is hindering the presidential elections, whether from the outside or internal actors," Nassia added.
February 13, 2019 10:52 UTC
Humanitarian organizations said that around 150 migrants are stuck at sea, after taking a boat from Khoms port, east of Tripoli. Rescue societies said that rescue operations are on, clarifying that the boat includes at least 50 women and 30 children, and some are suffering poor health conditions, according to the Italian agency Aki. The engine of the migrant's boat broke down after taking off from Khoms shore.
February 13, 2019 10:18 UTC
Members of the so-called Tariq Ibn Ziad battalion of the Dignity forces burned a condolence tent after expelling the mourners by force of arms. The condolence was for the young man Mohammed Batou, whose body was found a few days ago in Bab Tobruk neighbourhood, with visible signs of gunshots and torture. Mohammed was taken from a checkpoint in Eastern Sheha area to an unknown destination. The young man's family received threats from Tariq Ibn Ziyad members since their son's body was found on February 5. The family is currently under house arrest, according to sources from the city.
February 13, 2019 09:56 UTC
A migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea was in distress with an estimated 150 people on board, activists said on Monday. Chain of eventsThe Mediterranea Saving Humans group, which monitors migrants rescue efforts, tweeted on Monday, February 11, that it heard about a distress signal from a boat near Al Khoms, Libya. Alarm Phone has collected a damaged boat call from Al Khoms (Libya). Alarm Phone said those on the boat were returned to live in "hellish conditions." Alarm Phone called the move a form of refoulement that was of great concern.
February 13, 2019 09:33 UTC
Ambassador Hafez Gadur presented his credentials to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk as Ambassador of Libya to the European Union. The European Council's head emphasized his full cooperation to support the stability and security of Libya in order to move towards a democratic and civil system of governance and to help Libya to regain its regional and international role. For his part, Gadur expressed his gratitude for the important role of the European Union towards Libya, hoping to work towards reaching a partnership and cooperation agreement between Libya and the European sides.
February 13, 2019 09:11 UTC
Conservative MP Michael Cooper said the Liberals' motion is "part of a coverup" and an attempt at creating "a diversion" with lengthy hearings on legal principles. This is about the fact that certain officials in the PMO were alleged to have put pressure on the former attorney general to interfere in a criminal investigation, nothing more, nothing less ... Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault, who proposed the successful motion, defended the Liberals' refusal to call Wilson-Raybould to hear her side of the story. It doesn't need to be something we do here at the justice committee," he said. Prior to the committee meeting, Raitt said if Liberals believe Trudeau, they should support "without hesitation" the opposition motion for a full investigation into the affair.
February 13, 2019 09:06 UTC
OTTAWA — The SNC-Lavalin controversy shifts today to the House of Commons justice committee, where MPs will decide whether to investigate allegations of undue political arm-twisting. OTTAWA — The SNC-Lavalin controversy shifts today to the House of Commons justice committee, where MPs will decide whether to investigate allegations of undue political arm-twisting. Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from the federal cabinet Tuesday, leaving fresh unanswered questions about whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's aides pressured her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. The governing Liberals, who hold the majority on the Commons committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation. Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has initiated his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there's been a violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.
February 13, 2019 09:00 UTC
OTTAWA: A Canadian minister’s sudden resignation on Tuesday turned vague allegations of interference in the criminal prosecution of an engineering giant into a deepening political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation followed a chorus of demands for the government to come clean about whether Trudeau’s office had pressured her to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin lobbied the government, including senior officials in Trudeau’s office, for an out-of-court settlement that would include paying a fine and agreeing to put in place compliance measures. And on Monday the independent ethics commissioner launched an investigation – the second into a prime minister first elected in 2015 on a promise to clean up corruption, and with only eight months before the next ballot. The firm employs 50,000 people worldwide, and if found guilty in Canada it would be prohibited from bidding on Canadian government projects – its lifeblood.
February 13, 2019 02:03 UTC
Here are five things to know about the prosecution service and its independence:What is the Public Prosecution Service? Formerly the Federal Prosecution Service, the 2006 Director of Public Prosecutions Act made the service formally independent of the Justice Department — it answers to the same minister but isn't part of the same bureaucracy. The prosecution service was created on Dec. 12, 2006 following a Conservative campaign promise that it would be free of political interference. According to the legislation, the service's director acts under and on behalf of the attorney general, the Crown's chief lawyer, through whom it reports to Parliament. For general prosecution directives, the attorney general must also consult with the director.
February 12, 2019 21:56 UTC
It’s not clear, however, what grounds Abrams has for referring to the Maduro government as illegitimate, given its recent re-election. Sputnik spoke with Max Blumenthal, journalist and editor of the Greyzone Project.com, currently on the ground in Caracas. But my sense is that the government is fairly confident that it has defeated this coup, at least internally, and what we’re going to see today is a massive opposition march calling on the US to intervene, to send in humanitarian aid and many opposition leaders are openly calling for a Libya-style US invasion. The humanitarian aid could consist of some kind of provocation where the army attempts to prevent it from coming in and there’s an escalation. Elliot Abrams who is Donald Trump’s Venezuelan Tsar pioneered the tactic – using humanitarian aid as a cover for arming US proxy forces in Central America during the dirty wars of the 1980s.
February 12, 2019 20:26 UTC
MONTREAL — Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. MONTREAL — Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. SNC has filed a request in Federal Court for judicial review of that decision. In court documents, the RCMP lays out a bribery scheme involving a $127-million Jacques Cartier Bridge contract in the early 2000s. Allegations in the latest court documents have not been proven in court, and SNC-Lavalin has not been charged in connection with them.
February 12, 2019 20:09 UTC