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Client acquitted in complex multi-million pound money laundering operation

22.10.2019

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We successfully represented Mr Vahit Oktar in Operation Albany at Bristol Crown Court.

This was a large-scale operation involving an international investigation into allegations of money laundering with elements of VAT fraud. Our client, who was one of 9 accused of facilitating a complex multi-million pound money laundering operation, stood trial over 7 weeks and was unanimously acquitted after the case, which was brought by Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue, was challenged on the basis – unusually – that the monies in question did not represent criminal property, and that the defendant had no knowledge or any money laundering arrangements or activities.

We instructed Mark Sharman of Millennium chambers.