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Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova [official website] stripped former prime minister Filat Vladimir [official profile] of immunity on Thursday and later detained him [AP report] on suspicion of involvement in a 2014 bank fraud scheme. The allegations suggest Filat was involved in the disappearance of up to USD … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit [document, PDF] filed by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [BBC profile], who alleged that Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash perpetuated a racketeering scheme [RICO text, LII] in the US … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC report] was indicted Thursday for forgery, complicity in tax evasion and money laundering. Four others were also indicted in the case [Cotidianul report, in Romanian], which will be sent to the High Court of Cassation and Justice [official website, in Romanian]. Ponta was … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Bulgarian military court on Friday sentenced former intelligence chief Kircho Kirov [official profile] to 10 years in prison for embezzlement. Kirov had served as the head of the National Intelligence Service [official website, in Bulgarian] from 2002 until 2012 and was convicted in 2013 for embezzling 4.7 million … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Over 60 South Koreans were indicted [press release] Wednesday in an investigation into corruption involving defense procurement projects. Of the indicted individuals, two are former navy chiefs of staff, 10 are current or former military generals, one is a former vice minister, and many more are businessmen and brokers. … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] on Monday was charged with fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. The charges [DAWN report] date back as far as 2007 before he was prime minister and the court has seized property of his pending the outcome of the case. He has … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Romania's Superior Magistrates' Council [official webcite] on Monday rejected 22 proposals that would have made it harder to fight top-level corruption. The proposals, developed by the governing Social Democratic Party [party website, in Romanian], would have changed the law to make it harder to arrest lawmakers for corruption-related offenses … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US is hindering Poland's investigation into a secret CIA [official website] prison there, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday. Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor's Office in Krakow that is doing the investigation, said that the US has ignored requests for documents relevant to the investigation. The Polish … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Romania rejected a request from prosecutors to strip Prime Minister Victor Ponta [official profile] of immunity on Tuesday, despite him being named as a suspect last week in an anti-corruption probe. Prosecutors questioned [BBC report] Ponta in connection to charges of forgery, tax evasion and money laundering … [read more]

Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Romanian court sentenced former Senior Judge Stan Mustata to 10 years and eight months in prison on Friday for granting favorable verdicts to defendants in exchange for money. Mustata was convicted of six counts [AP report] of taking bribes from October 2013 until his arrest in April 2014. … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation [HB 2010, PDF] to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger [official profile], and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation is … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Romanian Parliament [official website] on Wednesday voted to allow prosecutors to investigate prominent politician Elena Udrea [official website, in Romanian] on suspicion of corruption. A parliamentary committee voted [AP report] 20-1 to launch a formal criminal investigation of Udrea, who is accused of taking bribes, making false statements … [read more]

Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Romania's Bucharest Appeals Court [official website, in Romanian] on Monday sentenced Judge Mircea Moldovan to 22 years in prison for several instances of taking bribes from wealthy Romanian businessman in exchange for ruling in their favor in court. Though the ruling is not yet final, the court also confiscated … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [judgment, text] a German court decision to ban unemployment benefits of a Romanian immigrant who did not seek employment in Germany. Pursuant to the 2004 EU directive on freedom of movement [text], EU citizens must have sufficient resources to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Oct 2014
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal, of the Alexandria University School of Law in Egypt, discusses the complexities of the current state of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court...After the now-ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt in June 2012, the country witnessed a huge wave of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of The Netherlands [official website, in Dutch] on Friday banned [ruling, in Dutch] an online group, "Martijn," that advocates for the legalization of pedophilia. The court held that the dangers of pedophilia are too great to allow the group to continue. This is because, the court … [read more]

Student Commentary
27 Mar 2014
by Pavlo Malyuta of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
edited by Emily Osgood

JURIST Guest Columnist Pavlo Malyuta, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Class of 2016, comments on the passage of new Ukrainian laws that restrict fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and assembly ... On January 16, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a number of controversial laws and by … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Kutaisi City Court in Georgia on Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to a five-year prison term for embezzling government funds and bribing voters. Prosecutors specifically alleged that Merabishvili used government money [AFP report] to employ his supporters in fictitious government roles in advance of his party's … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Corruption costs [press release] EU member states approximately €120 billion each year, according to the European Commission (EC) [official website] EU Anti-Corruption Report [text, PDF] released Monday. The first-ever EC report on the subject details the nature of corruption in each member state as well as the impact corruption … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist David Pimentel of Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law argues that South Sudan's rule of law challenges remain a stumbling block to its development and to its capacity for addressing internal conflicts and continuing violence ... The prevailing mood in South Sudan in 2005 was optimism: … [read more]

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