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Monday News Muse 05 July 2016

CORRUPTION

IN THE wake of the Brexit referendum result, questions are being asked about the promises David Cameron made during the recently concluded Anti-Corruption summit in London given that a lot of the promises hinged on improving international cooperation against graft. While the UK’s criminal law obligations will not change immediately, over time the Island nation could find itself bereft of all kinds of law enforcement tools including the European Arrest warrant as well as having to reconsider its role in EU instruments against corruption.

Furthermore, the sheer amount of work a Brexit entails could mean that legal reforms like a public register of beneficial ownership and a new offence of failure to prevent economic crime may also be shelved.

THIS article gives a brief summary of corporate corruption crimes in the UK.

BULGARIA is losing the fight against corruption according to a report by a Sofia-based think-tank.

CRIMINAL

LAWYERS in Kenya held a public protest in front of the Kenya Police Headquarters to protest the killing of a lawyer, his client and their taxi-driver. Their bodies were discovered last week stuffed in sacks in a Machakos county river. The suspects are believed to be Administration Police officers who had previously threatened the lawyer and his client over a complaint filed against the shooting of the client by APs.

THESE writers ask why it seems that international criminal justice seems to tolerate the fact that millions live in slavery around the world despite the fact that slavery and slave-trading are amongst the oldest ‘international crimes’ in existence.

 

 

 

 

THE ICC will examine the upcoming Chilcot inquiry report on the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war for any evidence of war crimes but will not examine the legality of the decision to go to war. This makes sense because the provisions criminalizing and defining aggression did not come into effect until nearly a decade after the war began (to be exact, they came into effect on June 27th when Palestine became the 30th country to adopt the aggression amendment to the Rome statute). Furthermore, the UK has not yet adopted the so-called Kampala amendments. Thus the alleged conduct is probably outside the temporal and territorial remit of the ICC.

A MAN who shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “boom!” during a commercial flight between UK cities, causing distress to fellow passengers was jailed for 2 and a half months (10 weeks). The crime was ‘using threatening words and behavior’. It just goes to show that context is everything where the criminality of words is at issue. A comedian shouting the same words in the midst of a comedy show would probably not be a guest at taxpayer expense for 10 weeks.

THE FBI’s criminal search powers may have just been extended by a US court ruling that allowed the government to use evidence derived from hacking personal computers.

SENTENCING

IN China, Ling Jihua, a former senior aide to ex-president Hu Jintao received a life sentence for corruption offences and ‘illegally obtaining state secrets’. The case began spectacularly when Ling’s son crashed his Ferrari killing himself and several women passengers. This led to an alleged cover-up and then to Ling Jihua’s arrest and charges.

IN one of those crimes that leaves you speechless, an Irish Catholic ex-priest was sentenced to 2 years in prison for using a crucifix to rape a young boy. Both the crime and the seemingly lenient sentence (he was a serial offender with prior convictions) seem out of kilter.

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