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Kenya: Anti-Money Laundering Law Amended

(Mar. 24, 2017) On March 3, 2017, the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, signed into law the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill.  During the signing ceremony, he reportedly noted that “[t]his is a major tool in our sustained efforts to fight corruption.  It means that no proceeds of theft and corruption are beyond the […]

Japan: Supreme Court Rules GPS-Based Investigation Requires Warrant

(Mar. 21, 2017) On March 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Japan issued a judgment in a theft case that involved a police investigation using global positioning system (GPS) terminals they attached to the suspects’ cars; the investigation was conducted without warrants.  (Heisei 28 (a) 442 (S. Ct., Mar. 15, 2017), Courts of Japan (in Japanese).)  […]

France: Statute of Limitations Extended for Criminal Offenses

(Mar. 21, 2017) On February 27, 2017, the French President signed into law a bill that extends the statute of limitations for criminal matters. (Loi n° 2017-242 du 27 février 2017 portant réforme de la prescription en matière pénale [Law No. 2017-242 of 27 February 2017, Reforming the Statutes of Limitations for Criminal Matters], LEGIFRANCE.) […]

Japan: Sex Crime Law to Be Amended

(Mar. 16, 2017) The Cabinet submitted a bill to the Diet, Japan’s parliament, on March 7, 2017, on amending a part of the Penal Code. (Bill Status Information, Cabinet Bill 47 of 193rd Diet Session, House of Representatives, Japan, website (in Japanese).) Former Minister of Justice Midori Matsushima had initiated the discussion of the amendment in […]

The Philippines: New Agency Created to Support Drug Enforcement Agency

(Mar. 15, 2017) On March 6, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) that brings together 21 state agencies, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair, under a joint command, in order to more effectively combat the country’s drug problem. (Manuel Mogato, Philippine […]

Samoa: New Approval Guidelines for Arming Police Passed

(Mar. 14, 2017) On March 7, 2017, the Samoan Parliament voted to pass the Police Powers Amendment Bill 2017, which sets out the approval requirements for police officers in the country to be armed when carrying out their duties. (Police Powers Amendment Bill 2017, Parliament of Samoa website; Lagi Keresoma, Samoa Parliament Approves New Police Powers Bill, […]

Israel: Sentencing of Soldier Convicted of Killing Neutralized Palestinian Assailant

(Mar. 13, 2017) On February 21, 2017, the Military Court Central District issued a sentence in the case of an Israel Defense Forces  sergeant who had been convicted of manslaughter and of “unbecoming conduct” for shooting and killing an injured Palestinian assailant without justification and in violation of military rules of engagement.  (File 182/16, Military […]

Egypt: Court of Cassation Acquits Former President of Murder

(Mar. 10, 2017) On March 2, 2017, the Court of Cassation (Egypt’s highest court) dismissed all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak related to the killing of protesters in what is known as “the events of the January 25th [2011] revolution.”  (Hosni Mubarak Acquitted over 2011 Protester Killings, AL JAZEERA (Mar. 2, 2017).) Following the […]

Sweden: Man Sentenced to Prison for Soliciting Funding of Terrorist Organizations

(Feb. 28, 2017) On February 23, 2017, Malmö District Court sentenced a Swedish national to six months’ imprisonment for having “enticed funding” for the terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State (IS). (Press Release, Fängelse för uppmaningar på Facebook om att finansiera terroristbrott [Prison for Enticement, on Facebook, to Fund Terrorist Crimes], Malmö tingsrätt […]

England and Wales: Thousands Receive Posthumous Pardon for Homosexuality Convictions

(Feb. 23, 2017) Section 166 of the recently enacted Policing and Crime Act of England and Wales granted approximately 49,000 deceased gay and bisexual men a posthumous pardon for offenses they were convicted of under the old sexual offenses laws that had provided that homosexuality was a crime.  The Act also states that any living person who […]