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.

European Parliament Adopts Recommendation on the Negotiations for a Cooperation Treaty with Interpol

Friday, July 15, 2022
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On July 5, 2022, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved a Recommendation to strengthen INTERPOL’s ability to stop authoritarian regimes abusing its tools.[1] The Recommendation, which sets out the Parliament’s positions on the EU’s cooperation agreement with INTERPOL, received overwhelming support from MEPs with 607 voting in favor, 13 against, and 11 abstentions. It highlights the need for more transparency and effective procedures to prevent Red Notice abuse.



* Professor Plachta specializes in criminal law and international criminal law. He has authored numerous publication on a wide range of problems concerning law enforcement and international cooperation in criminal matters. He currently teaches criminal law and European criminal law at the University of Security in Poznan, Poland.

[1] European Parliament recommendation of 5 July 2022 to the Council and the Commission on the negotiations for a cooperation agreement between the European Union and the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL) (2022/2025(INI)), P9_TA(2022)0275.

 

Thailand Arrests for Extradition to U.S. Alleged Major Wildlife Trafficking Suspect

Friday, July 8, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 29, 2022, Thai law enforcement authorities arrested a Malaysian national wanted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS) for allegedly trading in elephant tusks and rhinoceros’ horns.  Thai officials arrested Teo Boon Ching, 58, called by the US FWS as “the Godfather” as a result of his alleged global network of wildlife trading.  Thai authorities also obtained an arrest warrant by the Criminal Court on June 29, 2022 for trading in wildlife and money laundering.[1]



[1]    Wassayos Ngamkham, Arrested Malaysian warranted for worldwide wildlife trafficking, Bangkok Post, June 30, 2022.

 

Former Nigerian Senator Accused of Conspiracy to Harvest Organs

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 23, 2022, Former Nigerian senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu were charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, “namely organ harvesting.”  Shortly after their detainment by the Metropolitan Police of London, the couple were denied bail.

FATF Plenary Prioritizes Initiatives on Beneficial Ownership Information, Real Estate Guidance, Virtual Assets/VASPs Travel Rule and Information Sharing and Data Protection

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 14-17, 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) concluded four days of hybrid meetings under the German Presidency of Dr. Marcus Pleyer.  The Plenary agreed on several strategic initiatives, which this article discusses.

Former Louvre President Arrested in Artifact Trafficking Case

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Author: 
John Kennamer
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On May 25, 2022, French authorities arrested Jean-Luc Martinez in connection with an investigation into illicit art trafficking.[1] Martinez currently serves as France’s ambassador for international cooperation on heritage. He previously served as the director and president of the Louvre Museum in Paris from 2013 to 2021.



[1]     Lawson-Tancred, Former Louvre Director Jean-Luc Martinez Has Been Charged With Money Laundering Over Ties to Alleged Antiquities Trafficking Ring, ArtNet, May 26, 2022, https://news.artnet.com/art-world/jean-luc-martinez-money-laundering-charges-2121837.

 

Treasury Issues Strategy to Combat Illicit Finance as House Approves Enablers Act

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On May 13, 2022, the United States Treasury Department issued its National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing (2022 Strategy).  On June 22, 2022, the House Armed Services Committee Voted to include the Enablers Act in the National Defense Authorization Act, thereby increasing its chances of passing.

U.S. AG Announces War Crimes Accountability Team

Friday, June 24, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 20, 2022, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the launch of a War Crimes Accountability Team to bolster the Justice Department’s ongoing efforts to hold accountable those who have committed war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.  Garland made the announcement after meeting Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova in a surprise visit to Ukraine.

 

European Union Issues Resolution re Urgent Need to Protect Journalists of Mexico

Friday, June 24, 2022
Author: 
Linda Friedman Ramirez
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On March 10, 2022, the Parliament of the European Union was so alarmed by the number of assassinations of Mexican journalists in the first months of the year that it passed the Resolution on the situation of journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico.  [1] The Resolution passed 607 votes to 2 with 73 abstentions, and referenced that “institutionalized and widespread corruption, abetted by a deficient judicial system, is engendering an endemic problem of impunity, with around 95% of journalists’ murders going unpunished.”  [2]

 

Gupta Brothers Arrested in UAE, Facing Extradition

Friday, June 24, 2022
Author: 
John Kennamer
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 2, 2022, Atul and Rajesh Gupta were arrested at their home in Dubai.[1]  The brothers are wanted in South Africa in connection with fraud and state capture.  They are being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) pending extradition.  The arrests, and possible extraditions were made possible by newly established extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties between the UAE and South Africa. Their arrests may also be part of a larger policy shift currently underway in the UAE.



[1]               UAE arrests Rajesh Gupta and Atul Gupta in response to international request, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice (June 7, 2022), https://www.moj.gov.ae/en/media-center/news/7/6/2022/uae-arrests-rajesh-gupta-and-atul-gupta-in-response-to-international-request.aspx.

 

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