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.

China-Canada Extradition Tensions Increase as China Sentences Canadian to Death

Friday, January 18, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
On January 14, 2019, diplomatic tensions between Canada and China increased as a Chinese court ordered the death penalty for a Canadian national.  The latter sentence appears to be an escalation of the effort by the Chinese to force Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer and daughter of the founder of Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications networking gear manufacturer and influential Chinese company.  Canada detained her on December 1, 2018, pursuant to a U.S. extradition warrant.

Danske Bank Under Investigation in France While Estonia Arrests 10 Former Employees and European Community Agrees to Increase its Financial Supervision Powers

Friday, January 18, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
On December 19, 2019, the Estonian state prosecutor announced the arrest of ten former employees of the local branch of Danske Bank as part of an ongoing international investigation into money laundering.   On January 11, 2018, Danske Bank announced it has received a letter from a French court requesting an interview concerning “matters relating to the ongoing investigation into organized money laundering of tax evasion proceeds.”  Partly in response to the Danske Bank crisis, on January 14, 2019, the European Central Bank reached a cooperation agreement to work with the European Commission and European supervisory authorities to combat money laundering.

U.S. District Court Allows Danish Tax Authority to Pursue Fraud Action

Friday, January 18, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
On January 9, 2019, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a motion to dismiss a complaint filed by the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT) against U.S pension funds.  SKAT is responsible for assessing and collecting taxes in Denmark and issuing tax refund to claimants under certain double taxation treaties between Denmark and other countries.  The defendants are U.S. pension plans, their authorized representatives and, in one case, the incorporator involved in creating plans involved in the alleged scheme.  The scheme also involved  payment agents and broker custodians who are not named as defendants.

OSCE Reports on Impact of Cross-Border Counter-terrorism Operations on Human Rights

Friday, January 18, 2019
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
In January 2019, the Civic Solidarity Platform’s Counter Terrorism Working Group, coordinated by Fair Trials and the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, released a report focusing on the impact of cross-border criminal justice and security  on human rights.  

U.S. Arrests Brazilian Bribery Suspect on Brazil Extradition Request

Friday, January 18, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 20, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested Luiz Eduardo Loureiro Andrade, who is wanted on an extradition request by Brazil on allegations of bribing officials at Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a state-run oil company, on behalf of Vitol Group, Glencore, and other major oil trading firms.

Federal Judge Dismisses Criminal Allegations Under Statute Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Author: 
Linda Friedman Ramirez
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On November 12, 2018 the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman, US District Court for the Southern District of Michigan in US v Nagarwala, et. al., dismissed criminal charges alleging violations of 18 §116(a), a statute that prohibits Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), against eight individual defendants. The Government alleged that defendants Dr. Jumana Nagarwala performed the FGM procedure, that Dr. Fakhruddin Attar allowed Dr. Nagarwala to use his clinic in Livonia, Michigan, that Farida Attar and Taher Shafiq assisted Dr. Nagarwala in performing the procedure and that the remaining defendants brought their daughters to the clinic for the procedure.

IDB Expert Group Reports on Anti-Corruption, Transparency, and Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

In December 2018, the Inter-American Development issued a report of an expert advisory group on a comprehensive approach to combating anti-corruption and bringing enhanced transparency and integrity to Latin America and the Caribbean.

U.S. Attorney in Southern District Indicts Alleged Nigerian Ringleader of International Advanced Fee Fraud Scheme

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 18, 2018, court documents were unsealed charging Osondu Victor Igwilo, 49 of Lagos, Nigeria in a criminal complaint as the alleged ringleader of an international advance-fee scheme that involved false promises of investment funding by individuals who impersonated U.S. bank officials in in person and over the internet to victims around the world.  The victims were told they had had to make certain payments prior to supposedly receiving their funds.  The defendants allegedly laundered the proceeds of the scheme through U.S. bank accounts and diverted the funds to the scheme’s perpetrators in Nigeria.

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