The Crimes of HSBC: Money Laundering, Libor Banking Scandal, Destruction of Indigenous Lands

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Intellihub - Derrick Broze | Houston Free Thinkers | December 16, 2013

Multinational bank HSBC is known for scandals as much as for global banking.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In the summer of 2012 the British multinational bank HSBC was exposed for laundering money for drug cartels, Iran, and moving money for an al-Qaida linked Saudi bank. A report presented to the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation in July 2012 detailed HSBC subsidiaries transporting billions of dollars in armoured vehicles, clearing suspicious checks, and assisting drug cartels in buying planes through Cayman Island accounts. At the hearing David Bagley, HSBC’s head of compliance, resigned in front of the committee stating that, “Despite the best efforts and intentions of many dedicated professionals, HSBC has fallen short of our own expectations and the expectations of our regulators.” In the wake of the investigation and 335 page report HSBC was fined $1.9 billion.