US say prominent Panama family are big money launderers

The United States named Panama's prominent Waked family as a major drug money-laundering organizationThe United States named Panama’s prominent Waked family, who run a large luxury goods, duty-free shop and real estate business, as a major drug money-laundering organization on Thursday. The move placed top members of the Lebanese-origin family and their businesses, including the Grupo Wisa and La Riviera luxury goods groups, the Balboa Bank and Trust, and two top newspapers, on the US sanctions blacklist. The Treasury named Abdul Mohamed Waked Fares, 66, and Nidal Ahmed Waked Hatum, 36, as co-leaders of the “Waked Money Laundering Organization”.

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