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.

EU Justice and Home Affairs Council Make Progress on Several Areas

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 7 and 8, 2021, the Council of the European Union Justice and Home Affairs held its 3799th meeting and made progress on a number of international enforcement and criminal justice harmonization areas, including the e-CODEX system,  the Fundamental Rights Agency, combatting illegal content online, protection of vulnerable adults, e-Evidence negotiations, and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.[1]



[1]    Council of the European Union, Outcome of the Council Meeting, 3799th Council meeting, Justice and Home Affairs, June 7-8, 2021, 9573/21 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/50287/st09573_3-en21.pdf.

 

 

U.S. Convicts Wife of “El Chapo” and Sentences Daughter of Mexican Cartel Leader

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 11, 2021, Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, 34, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for willfully participating in financial dealings with Mexican companies that the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) had identified as specially designated narcotics traffickers.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Daughter of Notorious Mexican Cartel Leader Sentenced for Criminal Violation of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, Press Rel. 21-550, June 11, 20121.

 

U.S. Charges Jho Low and U.S. Person for Unregistered Lobbying and Malaysia Sues Wrongdoers over 1MDB Scandal

Saturday, June 19, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 10, 2021, a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a superseding indictment  charging Low Take Jho, 39, also known as Jho Low, and Prakazel “Pras,” 48, with elaborating an unregistered shadow campaign starting in or about 2017 to influence the then President Trump  and the Department of Justice both to end the investigation of Jho Low and others in connection with the international strategic and development company known as 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and to return a Chinese dissent to China. Meanwhile, Malaysia has brought sued three banks to recover assets worth more than $23 billion the government says are connected to the fund.

Belize Detains and the Grants Pretrial Release to Ashcroft Son’s Partner in Shooting of Police Superintendent

Monday, June 14, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 28, 2021, Belizean authorities detained Jasmine Hartin, a 32-year-old Canadian woman. They charged her in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court in connection with the death of Henry Jemmott, a local police superintendent. The Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Lynn Vidal directed that Hartin be charged with negligent manslaughter in Jemmott’s death in Ambergris Caye when he was off-duty.[1] The case is a high-visible one in Belize because Hartin is the partner/husband of Andrew Ashcroft, son of Michael Ashcroft, the Conservative party donor. Lord Ashcroft is a former Tory party deputy chairman.  He is formerly a member of the House of Lords, a billionaire, and very influential due to his investments in Belize. [2]On June 9, the Supreme Court granted Hartin bail.



[1]    Director Public Prosecutions Directs Manslaughter Charges Jasmine Hartin, The Belizean, May 31, 2021 https://belizean.com/national/director-public-prosecutions-directs-manslaughter-charges-jasmine-hartin.

[2]    Luke Harding, Belize gripped by arrest of Ashcroft son’s partner over officer’s death, The Guardian, June 4, 2021.

 

U.S. Unseals Indictment against Two Austrians on Odebrecht Corruption-Based Money Laundering Charges

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 25, 2021, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York unsealed an indictment against two Austrian nationals, one of which was arrested in the United Kingdom, on criminal charges related to the alleged participation in a conspiracy to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system as part of a scheme to pay bribes and defraud the Brazilian government.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Two Bank Executives Charged for Conspiring to Launder Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Through U.S. Financial System in Connection with Odebrecht Bribery and Fraud Scheme, Press Rel., May 25, 2021.

 

Americas Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General Approve Recommendations to Use Information Technologies for International Cooperation

Friday, June 4, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 18 and 19, 2021, the Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) participated in the Eleventh Meeting of Ministers of Justice, or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA – XI).  Ecuador hosted the virtual meeting.  The Ecuadorian Attorney General, Dr. Diana Salazar, hosted the meeting.

U.S. Arrests Former Bolivian Minister and 4 Others on Bribery and Money Laundering Charges

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 27, 2021, the United States Attorney in Miami announced the arrest in Florida and Georgia of the former Minister of Interior, his chief of staff, and three U.S. citizens on criminal charges related to their alleged roles in bribery and money laundering conspiracy.[1]



[1]    Office of the U.S. Attorney, S.D. Florida, Former Minister of government of Bolivia, Owner of Florida-Based Company, and Three Others Charged in Bribery and  Money Laundering Scheme, Press Rel., May 2y7, 2021.

 

Italian Court Orders Four Egyptians to Stand Trial in Kidnapping and Killing of Italian Student

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 25, 2021, an Italian court ordered that four Egyptian security officials must stand trial on October 14 over the kidnap, torture, and murder of an Italian student whose body was found in Cairo after he disappeared in January 2016.  The body of Giulio Regini, a postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge, was so badly disfigured when it was found that his mother could scarcely identify him.[1]



[1]    Regini murder:  Italy orders four Egyptians to stand trial, BBC, May 25, 2021.

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