British police are targeting more than 20 of the world’s most corrupt politicians involved in laundering millions of pounds through the City in a major expansion of the UK’s international anti-graft operations.
Officials will adopt tactics used against drug smuggling gangs – including undercover operations and covert surveillance – to unravel the secrets of corrupt deals and money laundering, according to the head of Britain’s new International Corruption Unit (ICU).
Jon Benton told The Independent that he was aiming to run joint operations with key countries such as the US and Switzerland to “strike fear” into corrupt individuals and their families. The unit’s predecessors had focused on countries that received aid from the UK, but the ICU’s brief is expanding to examine other nations amid concerns over the flow of dirty money from Russia, China and Eastern Europe into the UK’s booming property market.
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