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.

U.S., Jersey, and Nigeria Make Agreement to Repatriate Over $300 Million of Stolen Abacha Funds

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On February 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) signed a trilateral agreement with the governments of Nigeria and Jersey to repatriate approximately $308 million of embezzled and/or stolen funds of former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators to Nigeria.[1]

Airbus Settles Corruption and Other Charges with U.S., UK, and France

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 31, 2020, Airbus SE (the Company), a global supplier of civilian and military aircraft headquartered in France, agreed to pay penalties of more than $3.9 billion to resolve transnational corruption and other charges with authorities in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom arising out of Airbus’s scheme to use third-party business partners to bribe government officials, as well as non-governmental airline executives, worldwide and to resolve the Company’s  violation of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and its implementing regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), in the United States.  The case is the largest transnational corruption resolution to date.[1]

Bulgaria Charges 3 Russians over Attempted Murder by Nerve Agents

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 
On January 23, 2020, Bulgarian prosecutors charged three Russians in absentia for the attempted murder of a weapons manufacturer, his son, and the production manager of the company.[1] According to Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office (SGP), the three suspects tried to poison the victims internationally ‘by intoxication with an unidentified phosphorus-organic substance.”[2] The three suspects clandestinely entered Bulgaria using fake passports and used an organophosphate poison in an effort “to deliberately kill” the arms manufacturer, Emilian Gebrev, the owner of EMCO Ltd., his son Hristo Gebrev, and manager Valentin Takhchiev between April 28 and May 4, 2015.[3]

U.S. Obtains another Guilty Plea to FCPA and Money Laundering in PetroEcuador Case

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 23, 2020, Armengol Alfosno Cevallos Diaz (Cevallos), an Ecuadorian businessman living in Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty in connection with a $4.4 million bribery and money laundering scheme that transferred bribes to public officials of Empresa Pública de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador (PetroEcuador), the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Ecuador.[1]

Forthcoming in 36 Int’l Enforcement Law Rep. (Feb. 2020) www.ielr.com Civil Society Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Trumps “Safe Third Country” Agreements

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 15, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigrant Justice Center, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Human Rights First brought  a  lawsuit in U.S. District Court[1] challenging the Trump administration’s policies concerning Asylum Cooperation Agreement (also known as “safe third country” agreements) with Guatemala and other Northern Triangle countries that force individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. to apply for asylum in the same dangerous region from which they have fled.

Former Mexican Secretary of Public Security Charged with Drug Trafficking

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Author: 
Esther Bouquet
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On December 9, 2019, Genaro Garcia Luna, former Secretary of Public Security under President Felipe Calderon from 2006 to 2012, was arrested in Dallas, Texas. His indictment, released the next day, revealed that he was facing “three counts of cocaine trafficking and one count of making false statements.”[1] Given that he was arrested in Texas, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek to conduct the trial in the court of the Eastern District of New York.[2]

J5 Chiefs Conduct First Coordinated Tax Enforcement Actions Arising from Investigations into a Central American Financial Institution

Monday, January 27, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 23, 2020, the members of the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5) announced its first coordinated set of enforcement actions undertaken on a global scale on the preceding day. The operation results from a series of investigations in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Icelandic Seafood Company Withdraws from Namibia After Bribery Charges

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
On January 17, 2020, Samherji’s acting chief executive Björgólfur Jóhannsson issued a statement, confirming his company’s withdrawal from its businesses in Namibia, including a N$400 million[1] vessel it purchased with Namibians, using state-allocated fishing quotas.[2]

Former Barbados Minister and Parliamentarian Convicted of Receiving and Laundering Bribes from Barbados Insurance Company While Company Must Disgorge

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

 On January 16, 2020, a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn found a former Minister of Industry and member of the Barbados Parliament guilty for his role in a scheme to launder bribes paid to him by executives of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL).[1]

More than 300 People Arrested in Connection with ‘Ndrangheta Mafia

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Author: 
Esther Bouquet
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 19, 2019, a major mafia crackdown involving more than 3,000 Italian police officers resulted in 334 arrests across Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland, and 12 provinces in Italy. Out of the 334 arrests, 260 suspects were jailed and 70 were placed under house arrest. In addition to the arrests, authorities seized or froze property with a value of approximately $16.7 million.[1]

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