“Former central bank Governor Marko Kranjec, testifying before a parliamentary inquiry on Friday, doubts that NLB, Slovenia No.1 bank, was used to launder Iranian money. ‘I don’t think we’re talking about suspected money laundering, but rather about Iran’s attempt to secure pay channels,’ he told the commission. This was very difficult for the country due to international sanctions, said Kranjec, who led Banka Slovenije in the 2007-2013 period. Iranian bank client Iraj Farrokhzadeh had a lot of money passing through his account and the bank saw a good opportunity to make a profit, he said. ‘But the sums were just too high, and this should have set the alarm bells ringing,’ he told the inquiry into suspected money laundering at NLB in 2009-2010, when around US$1bn went through Farrokhzadeh’s account involving over 9,000 transactions.” (Slovenia Times)

“Police in Croatia and Slovenia say they have busted a human trafficking operation and released dozens of mostly Chinese nationals who were forced to work in illegal call centers. Croatian police said Saturday they have detained two Croatian and two Chinese citizens accused of running the fraud scheme from two houses in greater Zagreb, the capital. A police video shows officers breaking into one of the houses and finding the locked Chinese nationals who had been stripped off personal documents and kept inside. Police say some 60 people were found.” (Fox News)

“China has called on Slovenia to hand over to all the Taiwanese criminals who have been arrested in a criminal action involving illegal call centers, the Chinese Embassy in Ljubljana reported. They emphasized that suspects are not victims of trafficking in human beings or illegal immigrants, but fraudsters. On Thursday, a number of illegal call centers around Slovenia were investigated by Slovenian criminal investigators, while 32 victims of trafficking of Asian descent were identified. At the same time, they initially detained nine people, of whom six remained in detention. Among them are two Slovenians and four foreign citizens of Asian descent, the police said on Friday.” (translated from Vecer)