Banker tied to money laundering found dead in Estonia

TALLINN, Estonia — Estonian police have found the body of the former head of Danske Bank in Estonia who was at the centre of a $220 billion money laundering scandal and had disappeared two days ago.Police said Aivar Rehe went missing Monday, fueling speculation it might be related to the 2007-2015 money laundering scheme.He was found Wednesday after a search involving dogs, drones and volunteers near his home in Tallinn.Police said no third parties were suspected in Rehe’s disappearance and suggested the possibility of a suicide. No other details were available.Rehe, who was head of Danske Bank in Estonia from 2006 to 2015, said in March he feels responsible but also believes Danske Bank’s anti-money laundering mechanisms at that time were sufficient. He wasn’t considered a suspect.The Associated Press read more

Pimps taking advantage of delay in new prostitution law

first_imgNURSES AND MIDWIVES have criticised a 12-month delay in new legislation which would see buyers of sex punished, claiming pimps and traffickers have been taking advantage of the downtime.Edward Mathews, Director of Regulation and Social Policy with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said his organisation is disappointed that a year has passed not and “nothing has happened”.Campaigners are asking TDs to act on the recommendation from the Oireachtas Justice and Equality Committee in June last year to bring in the laws which would switch the focus off prostitutes and onto those buying sex. The recommendations enjoy support across the political sphere and also have the backing of 70 Irish organisations through the ‘Turn Off the Red Light’ campaign.“In the void, the pimps have continued their work unabated,” Mathews commented. “They exploit women and girls in their hundreds in order to make millions. That is a crime and it is estimated that this criminal trade makes between €180 million to €250 million from Ireland every year.”He said failure to show political leadership on this issue is a “betrayal against victims of human trafficking”.Read: Drugs and prostitution will be used to measure Ireland’s GDP>Column: Sex buyers are the last link in chain of trafficking, abuse and rape>last_img read more