The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Allowed to Run for Libyan Presidency Despite War Crimes Conviction

Friday, January 7, 2022
Author: 
Sara Kaufman
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

The upcoming Libyan presidential election is thought to be a crucial factor in bringing the country political stability and ending its 10-year crisis.  In December 2021, the Tripolis Appeals Court approved Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late dictator Huammar Gadaffi, to run in the upcoming presidential election.[1]  Experts believe that Saif al-Islam may be able to win the support of Libyans that yearn for the stability of his father’s regime before the civil war.  Other Libyans are outraged that Saif al-Islam can run in the election despite his prior conviction for war crimes during the revolution. 



[1]    Matthew Loh, The son of Libyan despot Muammar Saif al-Islam has been OK-ed to run for president, even though he was convicted and sentenced to death for war crimes, Business Insider, December 3, 2021.

 

Europol Signs Working Arrangement with South Korea to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 22, 2022, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and the Korean National Policy Agency of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) signed a Working Arrangement to support the EU members and the South Korean government in preventing and combating serious crime and terrorism. This article discusses the arrangement in the context of similar Europol arrangements.[1]



[1]    Europol, Republic of Korea and Europol sign arrangement to combat cross-border serious organized crime, Press Release, Dec. 22, 2021.

 

Dutch Citizen Accused of Smuggling Captured in Kenya and Extradited to The Netherlands to Face Charges

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Author: 
Kenneth Boggess
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

John Habeta, a Dutchman of Eritrean descent, was extradited from Kenya to The Netherlands on December 25, 2021 following his capture in an INTERPOL operation for the smuggling of African migrants, mostly Eritreans, into Europe.  The Dutchman’s capture and extradition come after a pursuit lasting for over four years, as INTERPOL has considered Habeta a wanted man since 2017.[1]  In October 2020, Habeta was labeled a high priority target after multiple countries alerted INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in The Hague with new leads on his activities and whereabouts.[2]



[1]    Cyrus Ombati, Dutch arrested in Nairobi, deported over human smuggling, The Star (Jan. 3, 2022), https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2022-01-03-dutch-arrested-in-nairobi-dep....
[2]    People smuggling sting operation: Kenya-Netherlands cooperation lands renowned fugitive in jail, INTERPOL (Dec. 29, 2021), https://www.interpol.int/en/News-and-Events/News/2021/People-smuggling-s....

2021 Holiday Retrospective

Friday, January 14, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

We at the IELR send you the best wishes for a warm and joyous holiday season.  2021 was momentous for the international enforcement community, and we are grateful to have had you following along with our coverage during our 37th year of discussing international enforcement developments.

 

Justice Department Charges New Man with Aiding Egypt Without Registering as a Foreign Agent

Friday, January 7, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On January 6, 2021, law enforcement officials arrested Pierre Girgis, of Manhattan, for allegedly acting as an agent of the Egyptian government, without registering with the United States Department of Justice, as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Man Arrested for Acting in United States as Agent of Egyptian Government, Press Rel., Jan. 6, 2022.

 

U.S. Unseals Indictment as Jamaica Deports Alleged Assassin of Haitian President to Colombia Rather Than Extraditing Him to Haiti

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On January 2, 2021, the Jamaican Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte announced that Mario Antonio Palacios, 43, a former Colombian military official whose extradition Haiti requested for his participation in last year’s assassination of the Haitian President will be deported from Jamaica to Colombia on January 3.   On January 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Palacios was arrested based on a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida.

 

Biden Issues Sanctions Against Bangladesh’s Paramilitary Force Citing Human Rights’ Abuses

Monday, January 3, 2022
Author: 
Alexander Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued sanctions against the Bangladeshi paramilitary force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).  The sanctions were pursuant to Executive Order 13818 which expanded the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act passed in 2016.

Bosnian Appeals Chamber Affirms Conviction of Serb Ex-Policeman’s Crimes against Humanity

Monday, January 3, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 2, 2021, the appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court affirmed the conviction of former reservist police officer Simo Stupar of participating in illegally detaining, beating, and killing Bosniaks in the Vlasenica, Republika Srpska in 1992.

 

 

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