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.

Venezuelan Emissary Colombian Alex Saab pending Extradition to the US, Claims Diplomatic Immunity

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Author: 
Linda Friedman Ramirez*
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On July 25, 2019, the United States Department of Treasury reported sanctions against Colombian national and businessman Alex Saab. That same day, Saab and co-defendant Alvaro Pulido Vargas were indicted in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida on charges of conspiracy and money laundering.[1]



[1] United States v Saab, U.S. District Court S.D. Fla. Indictment July 25, 2019.   Case 1:19-cr-20450-RNS,

 

U.S. Looks Toward New Relationship with ICC as District Judge Blocks Trump Order

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Author: 
Mitchell Beebe
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

People worldwide closely tracked the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election with mixed feelings of anxiety, hope, and, at times, dismay. The international criminal justice community had particular cause for concern about the election outcome due to President Trump's unprecedented decision to impose sanctions on officers of the International Criminal Court ("ICC"). However, this mood has shifted. After President Biden's inauguration and a recent injunction issued by a U.S. federal judge against the Trump Administration's actions against the ICC, there is cause for hope of a renewed relationship between the U.S. and the ICC.

EU and 8 Countries Cooperate in Taking Down Dangerous Malware EMOTET

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 27, 2021, European Union and law enforcement authorities from eight other countries cooperated in taking down malware EMOTET. The U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of North Carolina filed an affidavit, setting forth its participation in the take down of EMOTET.

CAR Surrenders Mahamar Said Abdel Kani to the ICC

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Author: 
Kayla DeAlto
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

CAR has experienced several periods of armed conflict since ratifying the Rome Statute in 2001. The ICC prosecutor opened investigations in May 2007 that focused on war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed within the country from 2002-03.[1] The main case from this investigation was against the former rebel commander and later Congolese Vice President, Jean Pierre Bemba.



[1] Central African Republic (I and II), Coalition for the Int’l Crim. Court https://coalitionfortheicc.org/country/central-african-republic-i-and-ii (Last visited Jan. 29, 2021).

 

The Biden Administration’s Policy Toward Central America and the Challenges Posed by Corruption

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Author: 
Dennis Boyle
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

President Biden is not a stranger to Central America. As Vice-President, he met with Central American leaders in an effort to strengthen ties between the United States and the region. As a candidate for President, he has announced an ambitious plan for Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The Biden Plan to Build Security and Prosperity with the People of Central America sets forth a number of goals for the region, including $4 billion dollars in aid from the United States. 

China Adopts Blocking Legislation and Counter-sanctions

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

                On January 9, 2021, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (the “MOFOCM”) promulgated MOFOM Order No. 1 of 2021 on Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extraterritorial Application of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures (the “Blocking Statute).   On January 21, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign of Foreign Affairs for the PRC announced the China imposed sanctions on former U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and 27 other U.S. officials.

Dutch Arrest Alleged Asian Drug Lord

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 22, 2021, the Central Unit of the National Police of the Netherlands, after acting on an INTERPOL Red Diffusion issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), arrested alleged drug lord Tre Chi Lop.  The AFP initially issued the arrest warrant for Tse Chi Lop, 57, in connection with AFP-led Operation Volante, which dismantled a global crime syndicate operating in five countries.[1]

 

Swiss and Romanian Courts Convict and Sentence Steinmetz to 5 Years for Corruption

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 22, 2021, a Geneva court found Beny Steinmez guilty of bribing a public official to obtain an iron-ore mine in Guinea worth billions of dollars. The prior month, Romania’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision in June 2019 and found him guilty of defrauding the Romanian government.

 

EU Parliament Adopts Resolution to Toughen Tax Haven Blacklist

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 21, 2021, the European Parliament adopted a resolution to strengthen its tax haven blacklist.[1]



[1]    European Parliament, EU tax haven blacklist is not catching the worst offenders, https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room, Jan. 21, 2021.  For a video recording of the debate, see https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/home.

 

U.S. Justice Department Participates in Global Disruption of NetWalker Ransomware

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 

On January 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a coordinated international law enforcement action to disrupt a sophisticated form of cybercrime and ransomware known as NetWalker.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Justice Launches Global Action Against NetWalker Ransomware, Press Rel.  No. 21-96, Jan. 21, 2021.

 

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