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.

Glencore Agrees to Joint Settlements on Foreign Bribery and also Pleads Guilty to Manipulating Price of Fuel Oil at U.S. Ports

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

 On May 24, 2022, Glencore International A.G. (Glencore) and Glencore Ltd., both part of a multinational commodity trading and mining company headquartered in Switzerland, each pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1.1 billion to resolve the U.S. government’s investigations into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and a commodity (i.e., fuel oil) price manipulation scheme.  The guilty pleas in the U.S. are part of coordinated resolutions with criminal and civil authorities in the United Kingdom and Brazil.[1]



[1]    United States Department of Justice, Glencore  Entered Guilty Pleas to Foreign Bribery and Market Manipulation Schemes Swiss-Based Firm Agrees to Pay Over $1.1 Billion, May 24, 2022.

 

German ISIS Returnee Being Tried for Abusing Yazidi Woman

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On April 19, 2022, the criminal trial of a German ISIS returnee, Jalda A., began in the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg.  She is accused of abusing and enslaving a Yazidi woman in her Syrian home and being charged with aiding and abetting genocide as well as with war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, enslavement, religious and gender-based persecution and aiding and abetting rape.

British Fugitive Captured in Spain

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Author: 
John Kennamer
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 5, 2022, British and Spanish authorities arrested David Ungi in Coín, Spain.  Ungi was wanted in connection with the 2015 killing of Vinny Waddington in Liverpool, as well as his connection to heroin trafficking.[1]  Ungi is facing prosecution in Spain, and potential extradition to the UK.



[1]               Nacho Sánchez, Detenido en Málaga otro de los británicos incluidos en la lista de los más buscados, El País (May 9, 2022, 1:22 PM), https://elpais.com/espana/2022-05-09/detenido-en-malaga-otro-de-los-britanicos-incluidos-en-la-lista-de-los-mas-buscados.html.

 

ICC Sends Forensic Investigators to Ukraine as Quintet of Attorneys General Announce Support for Prosecutor General of Ukraine on War Crimes and First Trial of War Crimes Occurs

Friday, May 20, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

During the third week of May, several developments on accountability for atrocities in the Russo-Ukraine war converged.  On May 17, 2022, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan QC announced he was sending a team of 42 investigators, forensic experts, and support personnel to Ukraine to continue the ICC investigations into crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC and furnish support to Ukrainian national authorities.  On May 18, during the first war crimes trial in Ukraine Russian Sgt. Vadim Shidhimarin pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed 62-year-old civilian in the Sumy region of Ukraine.  On May 19, 2022, a quintet of Attorneys General issued a statement of support for the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and investigations and prosecutions for Russian war crimes.

Allianz Global Investors US Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud as US Indicts its Officials

Friday, May 20, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 17, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Allianz Global Investors U.S. (AGI) will plead guilty to securities fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud investors, many of which were pension funds.  Simultaneously, the DOJ unsealed the guilty pleas of Trevor Taylor and Stephen Bond-Nelson in connection with their respective roles in the scheme.  In addition, an indictment was unsealed in the Southern District of New York, charging Gregoire Tournant, the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and co-lead Portfolio Manager for a series of private investment funds managed by AGI.

Colombia Extradites Leader of “Clan del Golfo” to the United States

Friday, May 20, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 5, 2022, the Colombian government extradited Dairo Antonio Úsuga David, better known by his alias “Otoniel”, to the United States to face charges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York of leading a continuing criminal enterprise and participating in an international cocaine manufacturing and distribution conspiracy for his role as the leader of the paramilitary, multibillion dollar drug organization known as the “Clan del Golfo” (CDG).[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Leader of the Violent “Clan del Golfo” Multi-Billion Dollar Drug Trafficking Organization Extradited from Colombia to Face Federal Indictment, Press Rel., May 5, 2022.

 

Operation Storm Makers Triggers 121 Arrests Against Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking

Friday, May 20, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

The INTERPOL-coordinated Operation Storm Makers, targeting migrant smuggling and human trafficking, triggered 121 arrests and prompted 193 new investigations.  During March 21-25, 2022, authorities across 25 countries carried out enforcement actions against organized crime groups suspected of profiting from the movement of men, women, and children across borders.  The Operation also succeeded in rescuing 80 human trafficking victims and identifying 3,400 irregular migrants.

DOJ Brings Civil Enforcement Action to Compel Steve Wynn to Register under FARA

Friday, May 20, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 17, 2022, the United States Department of Justice filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in order to force Stephen A. Wynn, the former CEO of Wynn Resorts, to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and a senior official of the PRC’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS).  The DOJ allegedly advised Wynn on three occasions to register as an agent, but he declined to do so.

 

Haitian Gang Leader Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping Against Missionaries.

Friday, May 13, 2022
Abstract: 

On May 10, 2022, Joly Germine, aka Yonyon, leader of the Haitian 400 Mawozo gang, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to commit kidnapping.  The conspiracy relates to the armed kidnapping and ransoming of 1 Canadian and 16 American missionaries near Port au Prince by 400 Mawozo on October 16, 2021. 

 

Council of Europe Adopts a Set of Resolutions and Recommendations on the Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Friday, May 13, 2022
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

The Council of Europe (COE) continues its involvement in the Russian aggression against Ukraine.[1]  Recently, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted two sets of resolutions and recommendations. Each of them is accompanied by and based on a committee report  addressing various aspects of the invasion. The resolutions and recommendations were adopted on April 28, 2022.

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