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Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The Prosecutor's Office of Sao Paulo has subpoenaed former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [BBC profile] as they investigate a possible money laundering scheme linked to the Petrobras [corporate website] scandal. Prosecutors in the Petrobras investigation allege that businesses paid a total of over USD $2 billion [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Former Bangladesh prime minster Khaleda Zia [BNP profile] was ordered to appear in court following charges of sedition on Monday. The suit against Zia was filed [Reuters report] by Momtaz Uddin Ahmad Mehdi, a lawyer with the Bangladesh Supreme Court [official website] and a supporter of the ruling Awami League. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Brazil's Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Thursday ruled [transcript, PDF] on two measures to set the stage for impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC backgrounder]. The first ruling requires the re-formation of a congressional committee set up to guide Rousseff's impeachment through Congress. The committee, set … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil [official website] on Wednesday suspended impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] until the court can determine the constitutional validity of a secret ballot. The vote is to determine whether the congressional committee appointed to carry out the impeachment is stacked with … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings were opened against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] on Wednesday for allegations of violating fiscal laws and manipulating finances. Rousseff's political enemy and speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha [official profile, in Portuguese] accepted a request [JURIST report] from opposition lawyers to begin the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Brazil's highest court, on Wednesday, ordered [Reuters report] the arrest of André Esteves [official profile], the chief executive of the country's largest investment bank, and that of Delcídio do Amaral, a powerful senator of the country's ruling party. Both individuals are accused of obstructing the course of the investigation [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Federal prosecutors in New York announced [press release] Tuesday that they are expanding criminal charges [indictment, PDF] against the three individuals responsible for orchestrating a massive computer hack against financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers. Gery Shalon, Joshua Aaron and Ziv Orenstein allegedly hacked JP Morgan Chase and … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Two Brazilian lawyers filed a new petition on Wednesday in a renewed attempt to impeach President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile], alleging she forged accounts in 2014. On Monday a parliamentary commission found there was no proof [TeleSUR report] that Rousseff, her predecessor or Petrobas [corporate website] were involved in … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Court of Justice of the European Union [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that converting cash into Bitcoin [corporate website], a virtual currency that is used online and over the Internet, should be exempt from value added tax (VAT) [Swedish government backgrounder] within the 28-country bloc. The court found that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Brazil's Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday issued [press release, in Portuguese] an injunction [text, PDF, in Portuguese] freezing opposition party efforts to start impeachment deliberations against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile]. Despite the injunction, lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha [official profile, in Spanish] said that he … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Brazil's Federal Accounts Court (TCU) [official website, in Portuguese] on Wednesday determined [press release, in Portuguese] that President Dilma Rousseff's government accounting practices were illegal. Rousseff's administration allegedly [Al Jazeera report] took out unauthorized loan money from state banks to cover budget shortfalls. The ruling will be sent to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Brazil's Federal Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] ruled Friday that officials investigating corruption allegations at Petrobras [official website], a state-run oil company, may question former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva [CNN profile] as a witness. In ruling on the motion filed September 11, Justice Teori Zavascki [official … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Cyprus [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment, DOC, in Greek] Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Rikkos Erotokritou should be impeached for his inappropriate actions when he accused Attorney General Costas Clerides [official website] of bribery during a nationally televised press conference in April. The court concluded … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Brazil court on Monday sentenced former treasurer of the country's governing Worker's Party [party website, in Portuguese] Joao Vaccari Neto to 15 years and four months in jail for charges stemming from his connection to the Petrobras [official website] corruption scandal. Vaccari was found guilty [BBC report] of … [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
18 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil [official website] on Thursday banned [press release, in Portuguese] corporate entities from providing funding to political candidates in the future. The court found that the large role corporations played in campaign funding was unconstitutional and compromised the legitimacy of the elections. The Superior … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Bangladesh's High Court on Thursday ordered prime minister Khaleda Zia to face trial [PTI report] on charges of embezzling money from two corruption cases between 2001 and 2006. Fifteen other defendants are also accused along with Zia of losing over USD $20 million of government funds. Zia was granted … [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
9 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina [JURIST news archive], labeled a "flight risk," was jailed in a preventive prison pending investigation [El Periódico report, in Spanish] on Tuesday following an indictment over corruption charges. The judge gave the prosecution three months to conduct an investigation and then the trial … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina [BBC profile] declared his innocence Friday at his hearing for corruption charges. Judge Migues Angel Galvez suspended proceedings until Tuesday. Molina resigned [resignation letter; NPR report] on Thursday amid corruption charges related to an alleged multimillion dollar customs fraud in Molina's administration. Molina … [read more]

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