Netherlands – fine imposed by regulator (largely) upheld

An unnamed financial services provider had appealed three fines imposed on it by the Dutch National Bank in relation to inadequate AML and sanctions screening in relation to transactions to do with Somalia, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The fines were €8,000, €5,000 and €10,000 for the three identified breaches.

The fine of €8,000 was reduced on appeal to €7,600 on the basis of delay by the regulator, but the others were upheld.

Germany – acquittal of charges of breaching Somalia sanctions overturned on appeal

The Higher Regional Court of Hamm has overturned on appeal an acquittal in the Münster Regional Court. The case has been remitted back to the lower courts.

The charges of breaching the EU’s Somalia sanctions relate to the alleged provision of training and technical assistance related to the manufacture, maintenance and use of arms and related materiel under a 2009 contract.

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