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US court revives two Cuban trafficking lawsuits

US court revives two Cuban trafficking lawsuits

April 20, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A Miami federal court has reopened lawsuits against two cruise lines accused of trafficking in property seized during the Cuban revolution due to an “error of law”.

Fall in reports of arms exports violations to US State Department

Fall in reports of arms exports violations to US State Department

April 17, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The US government agency that regulates the export of military equipment has seen a significant drop off in reports of potential misconduct in recent years.

Dutch sanctions probe into Crimea bridge project nears end

Dutch sanctions probe into Crimea bridge project nears end

April 17, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The Netherlands’ lead sanctions prosecutor spoke to GIR about its major investigation, the uptick in enforcement and how her team wants to work with the private sector.

Iranian national loses Dutch court challenge in US extradition battle

Iranian national loses Dutch court challenge in US extradition battle

April 15, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The Netherlands’ highest court has thrown out an Iranian citizen’s attempt to block extradition to the US to face sanctions and export control charges.

Ministerial penalty reductions in UK sanctions cases raises eyebrows

Ministerial penalty reductions in UK sanctions cases raises eyebrows

April 03, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A UK minister’s decision to shrink Standard Chartered’s penalty for illegally extending loans to a Russian-owned bank has raised questions about government oversight of sanctions enforcement.

DOJ official: Private-sector tip-offs fuelling economic espionage cases

DOJ official: Private-sector tip-offs fuelling economic espionage cases

April 03, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Jay Bratt, the chief of the counterintelligence and export control section of the Justice Department’s national security division, spoke to GIR about China-led economic espionage, covid-19 and the progress of the department’s new voluntary disclosure programme.

Halkbank pleads not guilty to Iranian sanctions busting scheme

Halkbank pleads not guilty to Iranian sanctions busting scheme

March 31, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The bank’s new lawyers said they want “to turn over a new leaf” in the highly-politicised case.

UK sanctions enforcer announces first major fine

UK sanctions enforcer announces first major fine

March 31, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The UK’s main sanctions enforcer, OFSI, has fined UK bank Standard Chartered £20.47 million for executing loans to a Russian-owned financial institution in breach of EU trade restrictions.

US court to consider beefed up Cuban trafficking lawsuit against Amazon

US court to consider beefed up Cuban trafficking lawsuit against Amazon

March 26, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A US citizen suing Amazon for taking advantage of land confiscated by the Cuban government has submitted extra evidence in a push to revive his lawsuit against the online retailer.

BIS undersecretary orders rethink of potentially “disproportionate” export control penalty

BIS undersecretary orders rethink of potentially “disproportionate” export control penalty

March 23, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The head of the US Commerce Department’s export control division has told an administrative court to re-examine a $31 million fine it handed to an Estonian shipping company over dealings in Iran.