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.

45 Arrested in Large Scale Cocaine Crime Bust in Belgium and Spain

Friday, February 25, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
3
Abstract: 

On February 15, 2022, police in Belgium and Spain arrested 45 people as part of an ongoing international investigation of a cocaine trafficking network.  In Belgium, police detained 30 people and carried out 49 searches across the country, mainly located in Brussels and Antwerp.  Across Europe, over 600 law enforcement officers executed raids against suspected members of the crime ring in Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

 

Honduras Detains Former President on US. Extradition Warrant

Friday, February 18, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
3
Abstract: 

On February 15, 2022, Honduran law enforcement authorities arrested former President Juan Orlando Hernández on an extradition warrant from the United States.  The extradition warrant alleges he participated in a “violent drug-trafficking conspiracy.”[1]



[1]    Joan Suazo and Anatoly Kurmanaev, Former Honduras President Detained after a U.S. Extradition Request, N.Y. Times, Feb. 15, 2022.

 

U.S. Suspends and then Lifts Ban on Avocados and Mexican Fishing Boats from the U.S.

Friday, February 18, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
3
Abstract: 

On February 13, 2022, Mexico’s agriculture ministry announced the suspension of U.S. avocado inspections in Michoacan as the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the inspections of avocados for export from Mexico’s Michoacan state will remain suspended until the U.S. is able to ensure the safety of U.S. inspectors working in Mexico after employees were threatened verbally.[1]  On February 18, the U.S. lifted the ban. On February 14, 2022, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office filed an environmental complaint against Mexico due to its failure to halt illegal fishing to protect the endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise.[2]


[1]    David Lawder and Chris Reese, USDA says inspections of Mexican avocados halted over safety of U.S. personnel, Reuters, Feb. 14, 2022.

[2]    Associated Press, Shortly before the Super Bowl, the U.S. suspends avocado imports from Mexico, Feb. 13, 2022.

 

Customs Broker in Southern California Indicted for Defrauding Japanese Company and Tax Evasion

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On February 10, 2022, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California announced the arrest of a customs broker on a federal grand jury indictment charging him with evading the payment of $1.5 million in taxes and participating in a $4.4 million wire fraud scheme, overcharging a Japanese variety store client on customs duties.[1]



[1]    U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, Customs Broker Arrested on Federal Indictment Alleging Tax Evasion and Scheme to Defraud Japanese Retail Chain Out of $3.4 million, Press Rel., Feb. 10, 2022.

 

IBA Issuance of Report on Legal Professional Privilege Highlights Growing Controversy

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 18, 2022, the International Bar Association (IBA) released a statement defending the principle of lawyer client confidentiality from “international attack”.  In its 30 page statement, the IBA classifies the principle of lawyer-client confidentiality as a fundamental tenet of the rule of law and cautions that this principle is under attack by bodies that investigate international corruption.

 

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Foreign Governments Can Use Letters Rogatory or MLAT Requests

Friday, February 11, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On February 7, 2022, the Department of State Secretary Anthony J. Blinken announced that the United States government is declassifying and publicizing the inclusion of former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez on the U.S.’ Corrupt and Undemocratic Actions list, under Section 353 of the United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act (NTEEA), as amended.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of State, U.S. Actions against Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez for Corruption, Feb. 7, 2022.

 

U.S. Places Former Honduran President on List of Corrupt Officials

Friday, February 11, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On February 7, 2022, the Department of State Secretary Anthony J. Blinken announced that the United States government is declassifying and publicizing the inclusion of former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez on the U.S.’ Corrupt and Undemocratic Actions list, under Section 353 of the United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act (NTEEA), as amended.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of State, U.S. Actions against Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez for Corruption, Feb. 7, 2022.

 

U.S. Indictment Charges PRC-Based Telecom Company with Conspiracy to Steal Technology from Motorola

Thursday, February 10, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On February 7, 2022, a federal indictment unsealed in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois charges Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd. (Hytera), a company based in Shenzhen, P.R.C., with conspiracy to steal trade secrets.  The indictment alleges that Hytera conspired with former employees of Motorola Solutions Inc. to steal digital mobile radio (DMR) technology developed by Motorola.[1]  The indictment has redacted all the names of the defendants, except Hytera.[2]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Indictment Charges PRC-Based Telecommunications Company with Conspiring with Former Motorola Solutions Employees to Steal Technology, Press Release No. 22-20, Feb. 7, 2022.

[2]    United States v. Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd., U.S. District Court N.D. Ill., Case No. 20 CR 688, Indictment., May 11, 2021 chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html?pdfurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.justice.gov%2Fopa%2Fpress-release%2Ffile%2F1469761%2Fdownload&clen=1....

 

New Swiss Ordinance on Child Labor and Conflict Mining in the Supply Chain Takes Effect

Thursday, February 10, 2022
Author: 
Alexander Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

In December 2021, the Swiss Federal Council posted the final Ordinance specifying new due diligence requirements in an endeavor to avoid the use of child labor and conflict minerals in the Swiss supply chain.  The Ordinance entered into force on January 1, 2022 and Swiss businesses will need to begin filing on January 1, 2023. 

South Africa Publishes Study on Illicit Financial Flows Associated with International Wildlife Trafficking

Friday, February 4, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

In November 2021, the South African Anti-Money Laundering Integrated Task Force (Samlit), a private-public partnership established by the Financial Intelligence Center, published a report on the illicit financial flows associated with international wildlife trafficking (IWT).[1]  The report is the first of its kind.



[1]    South African Anti-Money Laundering Integrated Task Force (SAMLIT) , Financial Flows Associated With Illegal Wildlife Trade in South Africa (Nov. 2021)  chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html?pdfurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fic.gov.za%2FDocuments%2FSAMLIT_IWT%2520Report_November2021.pdf&chun....

 

 

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