The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation has called for an investigation after new evidence indicated that the payments made to 17 Black came from the Azerbaijani laundromat.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Foundation said the information suggests that payments transferred to 17 Black’s account at Noor Bank in Dubai came from the Azerbaijani Laundromat – a network of shell companies used to embezzle Azerbaijani state funds. and pay bribes around the world.
For the first time, a link has been established between the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and two beneficiaries of Azerbaijani laundry funds.
The OCCRP has revealed that Mikaela Jav, a DJ, is actually Izzat Khanim Javadova, a cousin of Aliyev. Javadova and her husband Suleyman Javadov are under investigation by UK authorities for receiving â¬ 16.2million (Â£ 13.9million) from opaque sources, including the Azerbaijani Laundromat.
On Monday, the couple settled the case by agreeing to confiscate around 4.6 million euros of the amount held in Suleyman Javadov’s accounts, which were received from Azerbaijani front companies, rather than being tried.
The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation has obtained a registration dossier from one of the shell companies named in the UK National Crime Agency case.
The file of the Hong Kong company Ago Limited indicates that from 2015, the entity belonged, on paper, to Azeri national Rufat Baratzada, a security guard at a construction site in Baku. Baratzada’s details on Ago Limited’s deposit are the same as on deposits from Mayor Trans Ltd, a Seychelles shell company that sent â¬ 1.4 million from its account at ABLV Bank in Latvia to the account of 17 Black at Noor Bank in Dubai, held on behalf of Yorgen Fenech.
âThe mechanisms, facilitators and leader involved in the payments to the Javadovs in the UK case are the same as those involved in the payments to 17 Black. This warrants further investigation to find out whether 17 Black, first identified by Daphne Caruana Galizia, was a bridge between the Azerbaijani laundromat and senior officials in Malta, âsaid the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.
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Murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia made the first public reference to 17 Black in February 2017 when she published an article which contained no text but a photo of Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi, John Dalli and Joseph Muscat with 17 Black written in below.
During the 2017 election campaign, an FIAU report identified 17 Black and Macbridge (another offshore company) as target clients for offshore companies created by Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.
In November 2018, Reuters and Times of Malta appointed Electrogas director Yorgen Fenech as owner.
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The Azerbaijani Laundromat is a complex money laundering and slush fund that managed $ 2.9 billion over two years through four UK registered shell companies. It was first exposed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in 2017.
Scottish company involved in Azeri laundromat had an account at Pilatus Bank
Between 2012 and 2014, Azerbaijani ruling elites transferred money through Estonian corporate bank accounts. The owners of the companies were hidden behind unknown offshore shareholders.
Leaked bank documents showed that the four companies acted in coordination with hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing in and out of an account on any given day. The operation will be repeated the next day.
The âmultipurpose financial vehicleâ has been used by the ruling elite to facilitate embezzlement, tax evasion, and money laundering and bribery.
The scheme was discovered thanks to a joint investigation carried out by Berlingske (Denmark), OCCRP, The Guardian (United Kingdom), SÃ¼ddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Le Monde (France), Tages-Anzeiger and Tribune de GenÃ¨ve (Switzerland), De Tijd (Belgium), Novaya Gazeta (Russia), Dossier (Austria), Atlatszo.hu (Hungary), Delo (Slovenia), RISE Project (Romania), Bivol (Bulgaria), Aripaev (Estonia), Czech Center for Investigative Journalism (Czech Republic), and Barron’s (United States).
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