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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
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Swiss authorities on Thursday said that the United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA [official website] officials who were arrested on corruption charges in late May. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) [official website] announced that formal extradition requests by the US were submitted on Wednesday. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday unsealed the indictment [document, PDF] of a Turkish man for allegedly organizing three cyber-attacks that led to an estimated $55 million in global losses. Ercan Findikoglu, after being extradited [Reuters report] to the US from Germany on Tuesday, plead … [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
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for South Africa's high court on Sunday issued an order barring Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile], who has an international warrant out for his arrest, from leaving the country. Bashir, who was visiting South Africa for an African Union [official website] summit, is currently wanted by … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] on Wednesday issued "wanted person alerts" for six men having ties to the ongoing FIFA scandal [LAT backgrounder] on charges including racketeering, money laundering and corruption. The alerts are a notice and warning that the men may be arrested in any country to which they travel. … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Vladimir Katriuk, an elite Nazi storm trooper and the second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list [materials] died Thursday at the age of 93. Katriuk passed away after battling a long illness, according to his lawyer. It is alleged that Katriuk, a Ukrainian national, was a … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US prosecutors on Wednesday charged [indictment, PdF] 14 top FIFA [official website] officials with offenses including racketeering, money laundering and bribery, alleging that the men used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to support various sites of FIFA World Cup … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the Lueneburg state court in Germany said the trial against a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard can resume, finding him fit to stand trial. Oskar Gröening was charged [JURIST report] with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for … [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
14 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A UK judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted member of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [JURIST news archive] can be extradited to Spain. In his ruling, Judge Howard Riddle said there had been no abuse of process in Antoio Troitino's case, and he could receive a … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited [AP report] to Spain … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday requested assistance [press release] from the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] in the forced extradition of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [NYT backgrounder], who is facing charges of genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict [HRC backgrounder]. In asking the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti [BBC report; JURIST news archive], annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted [Reuters report] of committing four … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Wednesday approved the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. The court upheld [AP report] the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

The Spanish government has requested that the US use diplomatic discussions with Cuba regarding the country's removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism [State Dept. list] blacklist to seek the extradition of two members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [Britannica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] residing in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a district court's ruling that former Bosnian guard Almaz Nezirovic is subject to extradition to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), after allegations that Nezirovic is responsible for war-crimes committed during … [read more]

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