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.

Lafarge Pleads Guilty in the U.S. to Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Friday, October 28, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 18, 2022, Lafarge S.A. (Lafarge), a global building materials manufacturer headquartered in France, and Lafarge Cement Syria, S.A. (LCS), a Lafarge subsidiary headquartered in Syria, pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information  charging it with conspiring to furnish material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the al-Nusrah Front (ANF), both U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations.[1]  Following the guilty pleas, United States District Judge William F. Kuntz, II sentenced the defendants to terms of probation and to pay financial penalties, including criminal fines of $90.78 million and forfeiture of $687 million, totaling $777.78 million.[2]

UN Commission Finds an Array of War Crimes and Other Violations Committed in Ukraine

Friday, October 28, 2022
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 18, 2022, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine has released and submitted its report to the UN General Assembly.[1]



* 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] Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, October 18, 2022, UNGA A/77/533.

 

U.S. Charges 13 Persons in 3 Cases for Participating in Malign Schemes in the U.S. on Behalf of the PRC

Friday, October 28, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 24, 2022, the United States Department of Justice announced three separate cases brought in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Eastern District of New York and the District of new Jersey against 13 individuals, including members of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) security and intelligence apparatus and their agents, for alleged efforts to unlawfully exert influence in the U.S. for the benefit of the government of the PRC.[1]



 [1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Two Arrested and 13 Charged in Three Separate Cases for Alleged Participation in Malign Schemes in the United States on Behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China,  Press Release 22-1141, Oct. 24, 2022.

 

Council of Europe's Resolution Calls Russia a "Terrorist"

Friday, October 21, 2022
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

Both the Council of Europe and the European Parliament[1] continue involvement in the Russian aggression against Ukraine.



* 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] Michael Plachta, European Parliament Adopted a Resolution on the Fight Against Impunity for War Crimes in Ukraine, 38 Int’l Enforcement L. Reporter 250-253 (2022).

 

Three Infant Primates Kidnapped and Ransomed in DRC

Friday, October 21, 2022
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
10
Abstract: 

On September 9, Roxanne Chantereau, co-founder of the JACK Primate Rehabilitation Center in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo found that three chimpanzees had been gone missing.  Later that day via WhatsApp, she would receive a video showing the three missing infant primates in a filthy hovel and a ransom demand of six figures.  Congo’s National Intelligence Agency has begun an investigation into the matter and “consider the robbing of these babies as a security threat for the country.”

 

IRS International Criminal Initiative Locates 79 Criminal Fugitives in First Year and Snags Custody of Two

Friday, October 21, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
10
Abstract: 

On October 6, 2022, the IRS announced that IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Mexico City has found 79 criminal fugitives in Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as part of a new initiative. [1]



[1]    IRS, IRS-CI Mexico City initiative Locates 79 criminal fugitives in first year, Oct. 6, 2022.

 

Court Dismisses DOJ FARA Action against Steve Wynn as China Agent

Friday, October 14, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
10
Abstract: 

On October 12, 2022, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the civil action brought by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) against Stephen A. Wynn, whereby the DOJ sought an injunction forcing him to register as such under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Tax Inspectors Without Borders Helps with Criminal Investigation and Information Exchange

Friday, October 14, 2022
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
10
Abstract: 

On October 6, 2022, Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB), a joint OECD/UNDP initiative, issued an annual report, showing it has expanded its services to furnish practical hands-on assistance on criminal tax investigation, the effective use of automatic exchange of information data, digitalization of tax administrations, and tax and the environment.  The annual report states the initiative has brought a total of $1.7 billion in additional tax assessed across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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