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.

Congress Passes Anti-Money Laundering Act over President’s Veto

Saturday, January 9, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On January 1, 2020, the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the annual military policy bill (the National Defense Authorization Act – NDAA). Division E of the Act is the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (the AMLA or Act), which contains a number of international enforcement elements. This post discusses selected international enforcement aspects, not including the beneficial owner/ entity transparency provisions, which are discussed in depth in the December 2020 issue of the International Enforcement Law Reporter.[1]



[1]    Bruce Zagaris, Corporate Transparency Act Awaits President’s Signature to Become Law, 31 Int’l Enforcement L. Rep. 331 (Dec. 2020).

[1]    Bruce Zagaris, Corporate Transparency Act Awaits President’s Signature to Become Law, 31 Int’l Enforcement L. Rep. 331 (Dec. 2020).

 

European Commission Adopts a New Counter-Terrorism Agenda and a Proposal for Amending Europol Regulation

Saturday, January 9, 2021
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 9, 2020, the European Commission presented a new Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU to step up the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and boost the EU's resilience to terrorist threats. On the same day, the Commission released its proposal to strengthen the mandate of Europol, the EU Agency for law enforcement cooperation, by amending Regulation (EU) 2016/794, as regards Europol’s cooperation with private parties, the processing of personal data by Europol in support of criminal investigations, and Europol’s role on research and innovation.

Twentieth Anniversary of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

The year 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption and signing of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC or TOC Convention), which had taken place in Palermo, Sicily, the heartland of the Italian Cosa Nostra. The Convention is accompanied by three protocols which target specific areas and manifestations of organized crime.

Spain Extradites Canadian Man to the U.S. on Charges of Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 21, 2020, Spain extradited to the United States a Canadian citizen accused of directing a decades-long psychic mail fraud scheme. On the following day, the defendant, Patrice Runner, 54, made his initial appearance in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Canadian Man Extradited from Spain to Face Charges for Massive Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme, Press Rel. 20-1388, Dec. 22, 2020.

 

 

U.S. Charges Former Senior Libyan Intelligence Officer for 1988 Pan Am Flight 204 Bombing

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Author: 
Bruce zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 21, 2020, high-level United States officials announced new charges against a former Libyan intelligence operative, Abus Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi (Masud), for his role in building the bomb that killed 270 individuals in the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.[1]  



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Former Senior Libyan Intelligence Officer and Bomb-Maker for the Muamar Qaddafi Regime Charged for the December 21, 1988 Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, Press Rel.  20-1377, Dec. 21, 2020.

 

 

EU Court of Justice Rejects “Automatic Refusal” of European Arrest Warrants Issued by Polish Authorities

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union, Grand Chamber, (CJEU or the Court) delivered a judgment in joined cases C-354/20 PPU and C-412/20 PPU Openbaar Ministerie (Independence of the issuing judicial authority). The ruling falls in a series of the Court’s decisions concerning grounds for a refusal of an execution of an European arrest warrant (EAW), most notably those issued by Polish authorities.

U.S. Charges Canadian Fashion Tycoon with Sex Trafficking and Racketeering Offenses

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

                On December 15, 2020, United States law enforcement in New York announced the unsealing of a nine-count indictment, charging Canadian fashion executive Peter J. Nygard, 79, with racketeering, sex trafficking, and related crimes arising out of a decades-long pattern of criminal conduct concerning at least dozens of victims in the U.S.,  the Bahamas, and Canada, among other locations.[1]



[1]    Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Canadian Fashion Executive Peter J. Nygard Charged With Sex Trafficking and Racketeering Offenses, Press Rel.  20-291, Dec. 15, 2020.

 

 

U.S. Indicts Kenya National for Conspiring to Hijack Aircraft on Behalf of al Shabaab

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

                On December 16, 2020, the United States Department of Justice announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Cholo Abdi Abdullah with six counts of terrorism-related offenses arising from his activities on behalf of the foreign terrorist organization al Shabaab, particularly conspiring to hijack aircraft in order to conduct a 9/11-style attack in the U.S.[1]



[1]   U.S. Department of Justice, Kenyan National Indicted for Conspiring to Hijack Aircraft on behalf of the Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Terrorist Organization al Shabaab, Press Rel. 20-1355.

 

 

U.S. Court Denies Petition to Quash IRS Summons Issued Pursuant to India-US Tax Treaty

Saturday, December 19, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On December 9, 2020, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia G. Rosenberg denied the petition to quash the third party summons to Citibank N.A. and granted the IRS’s motion to deny and dismiss the petition.[1]



[1]    Sabina Puri v. United States, U.S. District Court D.D. Ca., No. 2:20-cv-07270, Report and Recommendation re:  Petitioner’s Petition to Quash Third Party Summons Issued to Citibank, N.S. by the Internal Revenue Service, Dec. 9,2020.

 

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