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.

Anguilla Attorney General Will Start Extradition Procedures for U.S. Investment Banker Charged with Manslaughter in Anguilla

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On November 13, 2019 Anguilla’s Attorney General Dwight Horsford said an international arrest warrant will be issued for 44-year-old Scott Hapgood who refused to return to Anguilla to face the court on a manslaughter charge in the killing of a hotel worker.[1] Hapgood is charged with killing a 27-year-old employee of the luxury Malliouhana Hotel, Kenny Mitchel, during a confrontation while Hapgood, his wife and two children vacationed in Anguilla in  April of this year.[2]

Transborder Labor Trafficking and Forced Servitude in Marijuana Growing Operations

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Author: 
Luz E. Nagle
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

Human trafficking and labor servitude are occurring globally in the rapidly expanding marijuana cultivation “industry” in which the murky status between legal and illegal product entering the consumer supply chain allows transborder criminal organizations to capitalize on gaps in law enforcement and immigration laws.  Over the last several years, grow operations concealed in non-descript settings—suburban houses and warehouses in industrial areas—have been found throughout Great Britain, Ireland, and Western Europe.  With those discoveries, authorities have found numerous instances of undocumented immigrants, including children, toiling over the valuable crops while subjected to potentially fatal health risks from constant exposure to chemicals in poorly-ventilated rooms, malnutrition, constant illness, and the looming threat of fires and electrocution.

2 Former Executives of Chinese Subsidiary of Herbal Life Charged with Corruption

Monday, November 25, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On November 14, 2019, two Chinese nationals and former executives of the Chinese subsidiary of Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF.N) (“Herbalife”) were charged with paying bribes, circumventing internal accounting controls of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other offenses.

British Judge Denies Request to Delay Julian Assange Extradition Case for 3 Months

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 21, 2019, during a case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser denied Mark Summers’ request, counsel for Julian Assange, to delay the extradition proceedings three months.  The next case management hearing will occur on December 19. The full extradition hearing will start February 25, 2020.

Antigua Extradites Former Chief of Financial Services Commission in Stanford Bank Case

Friday, November 22, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On November 12, 2019, The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Antigua and Barbuda extradited to the United States the former chief of its Financial Services Regulatory Commission to face charges for his alleged role in connection with the Stanford International Bank (SIB) $7 billion investment fraud scheme.

Mexico Extradites Alleged Barrio Azteca Shooter to U.S. on Charges re U.S. Consulate Murders in Juarez

Friday, November 22, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On November 14, 2019, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Mexico’s extradition of Jose Guadalupe Diaz Diaz, aka “Zorro,” an alleged shooter and member of the Barrio Azteca (BA), a transnational border gang allied with the Juarez Cartel, to the United States on charges related to the March 2010 U.S. Consulate murders in Juarez, Mexico.

Professor of Latin American Narcotics and Money Laundering Indicted for Money Laundering

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

 On November 18, 2019, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of University of Miami Professor Bruce Bagley on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.[1]  The indictment alleges that Bagley participated in a conspiracy to launder the proceeds of  graft and corruption in connection with public works projects in Venezuela.[2]

Judge Orders Netherlands to Repatriate 56 Children of ISIS as Turkey Begins Deporting ISIS Members throughout Europe

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Author: 
Alexandra Haris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On November 11, a court in The Hague ruled that the Dutch state must actively help repatriate 56 children of mothers who joined the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS), but it does not have the same obligation to their mothers.[1] The children range from ages of two weeks old to 12 years old and are currently living in poor conditions in camps in northern Syria. The decision came in a case filed by five lawyers on behalf of 23 mothers and their children in hopes of returning to their homes in the Netherlands. All of the women in the case are Dutch citizens who ventured to Iraq and Syria to support the Islamic State. The Netherlands estimates there are 15 men, 35 women, and 90 children with Dutch nationality in refugee camps in Syria and Iraq.[2]

Victims in Essex Lorry Incident: The Latest in Europe’s Human Trafficking Tragedies

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Author: 
Miranda Bannister
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

As of November 7, 2019, British authorities have identified all 39 of the human trafficking victims found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex on October 23, 2019. While Essex police initially identified the victims as Chinese, it has since been determined that the deceased were Vietnamese nationals.[1]  They include eight women and 31 men.  The names of the victims have not yet been released to the public, as the Vietnamese embassy and police are in the process of contacting the families of the dead. Tim Smith, an assistant chief constable in Essex, said, “This is an important step in the investigation and enables us to work with our Vietnamese police colleagues to support the families of those victims.”[2]

Israel Extradites Russian Hacker to the U.S. Ignoring Russian Exchange Requests

Friday, November 15, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 
On November 12, 2019, Aleksi Burkov, a Russian national, made his initial appearance in the United States District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges concerning his alleged operation of two websites devoted to the facilitation of payment card fraud, computer hacking, and other crimes.[1] The U.S. Attorney unsealed the indictment on the day Burkov, 29, arrived in Virginia after Israel extradited him.

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