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Vitol decision shakes double jeopardy defence in France

By Michael Griffiths

20 April 2018

Vitol decision shakes double jeopardy defence in France The Court of Cassation found Vitol and Total siphoned money to Iraq through transport fees istockphoto.com/Lalocracio

Companies should have no confidence that the principle of double jeopardy will protect them against prosecution in France when they have been sanctioned for the same misconduct outside of Europe, lawyers said in light of a recent decision.