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Pursuing fugitive co-conspirator pointless after collapsed Iranian sanctions trial

Pursuing fugitive co-conspirator pointless after collapsed Iranian sanctions trial

July 03, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Manhattan prosecutors say it would be wasteful, and potentially unfair, to continue to pursue a junior conspirator in an Iran sanctions case, following catastrophic evidentiary slips that require the office to undergo retraining.

US targets ships en route to Venezuela

US targets ships en route to Venezuela

July 02, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC are attempting to seize the petroleum in four tankers travelling from Iran to Venezuela as the US tries to curtail a burgeoning fuel trade market between the two heavily sanctioned countries.

Halkbank asks for further delays in blockbuster sanctions case

Halkbank asks for further delays in blockbuster sanctions case

June 30, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank has said it will need nearly two years to prepare for a trial over allegations it participated in a vast scheme to launder money and violate US sanctions on Iran.

Convicted smuggler fails to poke holes in conspiracy charges

Convicted smuggler fails to poke holes in conspiracy charges

June 30, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A US appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Texas individual who argued that authorities had insufficient evidence to prove that he intended to illegally smuggle sensitive technology to Cuba.

Harvard professor’s trial should crystallise US message to universities

Harvard professor’s trial should crystallise US message to universities

June 26, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The case is set against a background of increased scrutiny by US authorities on universities’ vulnerability to foreign influence, particularly from China.

Singapore jails North Korean middleman over sanctions-busting scheme

Singapore jails North Korean middleman over sanctions-busting scheme

June 24, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A North Korean national has been convicted and sentenced to prison in Singapore for helping two companies violate UN sanctions on his home country.

US prosecutors secure conviction in Iranian sanctions case

US prosecutors secure conviction in Iranian sanctions case

June 17, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The CEO of an Iran-based financial services company has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a scheme that allowed citizens of the sanctioned Middle Eastern country to make illegal purchases in the US.

Push to reform US foreign influence law stalls

Push to reform US foreign influence law stalls

June 12, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

An ambitious attempt to beef up the World War II-era Foreign Agents Registration Act appears to have all but petered out. Without reform, the DOJ’s lean enforcement record in FARA cases is unlikely to improve.

Judge turns up the heat on SDNY prosecutors over troubled sanctions case

Judge turns up the heat on SDNY prosecutors over troubled sanctions case

June 10, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Judge Alison Nathan has asked Manhattan prosecutors a series of tough questions over their surprise request to drop a case against the convicted ex-owner of Malta’s Pilatus Bank.

US indicts South Korean national for arms control violations

US indicts South Korean national for arms control violations

June 09, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

US prosecutors appear to have worked in collaboration with police in South Korea to unravel an alleged scheme to export military equipment to China.