British crime agency warns of money laundering by corrupt South Sudan officials

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (C) leaves the hotel after the end of the session during the 29th Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on December 9, 2016. (Photo credit: Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (C) leaves the hotel after the end of the session during the 29th Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on December 9, 2016. (Photo credit: Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

March 8th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A British crime agency on Thursday warned of money laundering by corrupt South Sudanese officials.

“The NCA is issuing this alert to companies based in the United Kingdom (UK) about the possibility that some South Sudanese senior foreign public officials (..) who may be engaged in corruption and human rights abuses in South Sudan, and those who enable such activities, may use the UK financial system to move or hide proceeds of corruption or purchase real estate and other assets in the UK,” the United Kingdom National Crime Agency said in an alert on Thursday.

The agency urged for collaboration of the UK companies, particularly financial institutions, real estate agencies, accountants, lawyers, notaries, and others to identify suspicious activities by corrupt South Sudanese.

“This report focuses on corrupt South Sudanese senior foreign political figures or PEPs who engage in human rights abuses or violations, and their financial enablers,” said the report.

On 6 September 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department alerted the financial institutions about the possibility that certain South Sudanese senior political figures may try to use the U.S. financial system to move or hide proceeds of public corruption.

The U.S. investigation group, The Sentry, released a report in September 2019 to denounce international partners who work with corrupt South Sudanese officials to clean their looted money through the international banking system.

George Clooney and John Prendergast, the co-founders of The Sentry, welcomed the alert of the UK’s lead law enforcement agency on South Sudan.

“The UK should be strongly commended for joining the United States in serious efforts to counter the criminal exploitation of the global financial system at the expense of millions of suffering, abused, and displaced people in South Sudan,” said Clooney.

“Today, peace in South Sudan is possible, but only if the nations of the world recognize their responsibility to counter the greed-fueled networks that profit from massive suffering and human rights abuse,” added Prendergast.

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