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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [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
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
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
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
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
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]


Academic Commentary
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] addressed the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] in Doha, Qatar on Sunday and highlighted [UN news report] the crucial connection between the rule of law and sustainable development. The Congress also adopted the Doha Declaration … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia was granted bail on Sunday after surrendering to the court in Dhaka. Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had been voluntarily confined [BBC report] to her office since January 5, when an indefinite transport blockade was called on the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A state prosecutor for France on Friday requested that HSBC [corporate website], a Swiss private bank, face a criminal tax evasion trial. The request is a result of the investigation into a massive file leak [ICIJ report] showing that HSBC's Swiss bank profited from conducting business with people engaged … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday struck down [judgment, PDF] part of the nation's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law pertaining to lawyers, on the grounds that the legislation infringed on lawyers' duty to their clients. A unanimous court found that provisions of the Proceeds of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Somalia's prime minister on Sunday appealed to the US government and US banks to resume allowing money transfers to Somalia, a crucial service for many in the war-torn country. Almost all US banks have stopped allowing remittance services to Somalis in the US due to recently enacted legislation [US … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Spain's Interior Ministry [official website] on Monday arrested [press release, in Spanish] 16 individuals for alleged connections with Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], an armed Basque separatist group. Twelve of the individuals arrested were lawyers, while the other four were treasurers for a group that … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was granted a one-month medical parole Monday by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice [official website] for treatment of neurodegeneration. Chen, 64, is currently in the fourth year of his 20-year sentence for corruption. While in prison Chen has been suffering from [AP report] depression, sleep … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The City of Providence, Rhode Island filed a class action suit [complaint, PDF] against Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras [official website] on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. The complaint alleges Petrobras engaged in a fraudulent scheme to inflate the … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]

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