Edmund Burge, leading Faras Baloch of 18 Red Lion Court, has secured convictions against 4 defendants for laundering over £15 million, after a trial at Southwark that lasted over 8 weeks.  The case (Operation Closeknit) concerned the laundering of the proceeds of a substantial and sustained inward alcohol diversion fraud, through companies in the UK owned and operated by 3 of the 4 the defendants. The fourth defendant was courier who delivered over £260,000 in cash to those companies on two consecutive days.  Edmund was instructed by the Specialist Fraud Division of the CPS.