TAP Gas Pipeline:OCCRP |Report: EU Politiker mit 2,8 Milliarden Euro bestochen von Aserbeischan

Man hat das System im Stile von Georg Soros uebernommen und Hillary Clinton, das die Saudis, Katar, oder Aserbeidschan fuer Geld Alles auch gefaelschte Berichte der EU, OSCE kaufen kann.

Alles lange bekannt, das jeder OSCE Abgesandte ebenso sofort bestochen wird, der dort auftaucht, wobei der Name Wolfgang Grossruck, einer Ratte hier nicht faellt, aber als besonders korrupt bekannt, wie der EU Kommissar: Johannes Hahn und Knut Fleckenstein. Die TAP Gaspipeline, ein kriminelles Produkt, der EU was lange bekannt ist, wo serioere Firmen schon ausstiegen, der Ausstieg vom Europarat, Experten schon lange gefordert wird.

The Azerbaijani Laundromat is a complex money-laundering operation and slush fund that handled $2.9 billion over a two-year period through four shell companies registered in the UK.

The scheme was uncovered through a joint investigation by Berlingske (Denmark), OCCRP, The Guardian (UK), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Le Monde (France), Tages-Anzeiger and Tribune de Genève (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 (US).

From 2012 to 2014, even as the Azerbaijani government arrested activists and journalists wholesale, members of the country’s ruling elite were using a secret slush fund to pay off European politicians, buy luxury goods, launder money, and otherwise benefit themselves.

Banking records revealing some 2.5 billion euro (US$ 2.9 billion) in transactions were leaked to the Danish newspaper Berlingske, which shared them with OCCRP. The two outlets then organized a collaborative investigation to track down where the money went.

The result is the Azerbaijani Laundromat — so called because the vast sums that passed through it were laundered through a series of shell companies to disguise their origin. The project reveals the many uses to which the country’s kleptocratic ruling clique puts some of its billions.

Among other things, the money bought silence. During this period, the Azerbaijani government threw more than 90 human rights activists, opposition politicians, and journalists (such as OCCRP journalist Khadija Ismayilova) into prison on politically motivated charges. The human rights crackdown was roundly condemned by international human rights groups.

Meanwhile, at least three European politicians, a journalist who wrote stories friendly to the regime, and businessmen who praised the government were among the recipients of Azerbaijani Laundromat money. In some cases, these prominent individuals were able to mobilize important international organizations, such as UNESCO and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, to score PR victories for the regime.

Nor do major Western financial institutions escape responsibility. The banking records in the leak — over 16,000 transactions in all — reveal that the core of the Azerbaijani Laundromat was formed by four shell companies registered in the United Kingdom. The country’s lax regulations allowed these companies to file registration paperwork that listed proxy or non-existent shareholders and disguise their true origins.

Moreover, the records show that Danske Bank, a major European financial institution, turned a blind eye to transactions that should have raised red flags. The bank’s Estonian branch handled the accounts of all four Azerbaijani Laundromat companies, allowing the billions to pass through it without investigating their propriety.

A majority of the payments went to other secretive shell companies similarly registered in the UK, indicating that the full extent of the scheme may be much larger than is currently known. Large amounts also went to companies in the UAE and Turkey. (Some of the transactions involve companies in the Russian Laundromat, a vast money laundering scheme previously exposed by OCCRP.)

The subsequent flow of much of these funds is unknown. But the records reveal that millions of dollars ended up in the accounts of companies and individuals across the world, including luxury car dealerships, football clubs, high-end travel agencies, and hospitals. Many of these recipients would not have understood the problematic nature of the transfers, and cannot be accused of doing anything improper. But their involvement reveals the many uses to which the scheme’s operators put their money.

The recipients also included prominent Azerbaijanis with government positions or connections. These include the family of Yaqub Eyyubov, Azerbaijan’s first deputy prime minister, who is one of the country’s most powerful politicians.

They also include Ali Nagiyev, a man responsible for battling corruption in Azerbaijan. As it turns out, he and his family were major users of the system.

Another $130 million likely went to AvroMed, a major drug company co-founded by Javashir Feyziyev, a member of the Azerbaijani parliament who specializes in building relationships with EU politicians. (The recipient’s actual ownership is hidden, but its records match what is known about the pharmaceutical giant.)

But where did all this money come from? Its precise origin is unclear — again, hidden behind a series of secretive shell companies — but there is ample evidence of its connection to the family of President Ilham Aliyev.

Almost half of the $2.9 billion came from an account held in the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) by a mysterious shell company linked to the Aliyevs. The second and third biggest contributors were two offshore companies with direct connections to a regime insider. Some of the money came directly from various government ministries. Mysteriously, another portion came from Rosoboronexport, a state-owned Russian arms exporter. It is clear that the full extent of the Azerbaijani Laundromat will be explored for years to come.

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What is a Laundromat?

The Azerbaijani Laundromat is the name given to a complex money-laundering operation that handled US$ 2.9 billion over a two-year period thanks to four shell companies registered in the United Kingdom.

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  1. Damian Gjiknuri, der Energie Minister mit vielen Skandalen wieder in Aktion, denn es soll nochmal uber 600 Millionen Euro geben, fuer die Weiterfuehrung der Gas Pipeline ueber Montenegro nach Split

    Meeting for the Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline to be held in Tirana tomorrow
    By Edison Kurani / Published on: 07-09-2017, 18:33

    http://balkaneu.com/meeting-for-the-ionian-adriatic-pipeline-to-be-held-in-tirana-tomorrow/

  2. Published 15:35 September 8, 2017

    Approximately 95% of the total 55,000 pipes to be used
    for the construction of the pipeline have been received in Greece,
    Albania and Italy.

    TAP
    said on September 7 that the Trans Adriatic Pipeline is now more than
    50% completed, nearly 16 months after construction began, including all
    engineering, procurement and construction scope.

    TAP is a natural gas pipeline project, which will start in Greece and
    crosses Albania and the Adriatic Sea to end in southern Italy bringing
    gas from the Caspian region to European markets.

    “To date, our teams have collectively worked over 16 million manhours
    and driven approximately 43 million kilometres without a major
    incident,” TAP said.

    TAP’s contractors have cleared approx. 70% of the project route in
    Greece and Albania (539 kilometres out of 765 kilometres). Also, over
    45% of welded steel pipes are already in the ground (backfilled).

    Approximately 95% of the total 55,000 pipes to be used for the
    construction of the pipeline have been received in Greece, Albania and
    Italy. The last shipment of offshore line pipes has been offloaded in
    Brindisi, Italy, between 3 and 6 September 2017, TAP said.

    More than 5,500 people have been working for the project across TAP’s
    host countries – over 85% of which have been staff employed locally.

    TAP has implemented a wide range of social and environmental
    investment (SEI) programmes in the communities along its route.
    Substantial projects are due to be rolled out in the upcoming months. In
    total, TAP will invest over €55 million in SEI in Greece, Albania and
    Italy.

    “We are pleased that TAP continues to progress on time and on budget.
    We therefore remain on track to deliver the first Shah Deniz II gas in
    2020, bringing a much-needed new source of energy into the European
    energy network,” TAP Managing Director Luca Schieppati said.

    “I want to underline that our project is built with the utmost care
    for the environment. Our teams are working very carefully along our
    route to ensure that the land on which construction has been completed
    is returned to the owners or users in its original condition or better.
    We are also collaborating with local authorities and local stakeholders
    to ensure that the benefits of our project are tangible across all those
    communities crossed by the pipeline.” Schieppati added.

    https://www.neweurope.eu/article/tap-pipeline-50-completed/
     

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