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FCPA Docket: Supreme Court declines to hear foreign bribery appeal

FCPA Docket: Supreme Court declines to hear foreign bribery appeal

June 30, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

In today’s news round-up, the Supreme Court rejects a Macao billionaire’s bid to appeal his foreign bribery conviction, and the DOJ suggests a PetroEcuador defendant should be sentenced to nine years.

Ex-Fifa vice president gets time served for bribery

Ex-Fifa vice president gets time served for bribery

June 30, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

On 29 June via videoconference, a Brooklyn federal judge sentenced Alfredo Hawit to time served and two years of supervised release for accepting bribes in exchange for awarding lucrative media rights at soccer events.

Austrian prosecutors close strand in long-running Eurofighter probe

Austrian prosecutors close strand in long-running Eurofighter probe

June 30, 2020, GIR

Austria’s anti-corruption prosecutor has ended an investigation into the country’s former defence minister over a contract to buy fighter jets from Airbus that he renegotiated in 2007.

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.

Chinese scientist found guilty of trade secret theft

Chinese scientist found guilty of trade secret theft

June 29, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A judge in San Francisco has convicted a former employee of a US technology company for stealing trade secrets to set up a rival company producing mobile phone components in China.

Challenges, opportunities and the future of FCPA enforcement after Liu v SEC

Challenges, opportunities and the future of FCPA enforcement after Liu v SEC

June 29, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

Neil Smith, David Peet and Nicholas Perkins at K&L Gates say the Supreme Court’s recent disgorgement ruling will affect FCPA settlement negotiations for years.

Fraud Section prosecutor picked to serve on local DC appeals court

Fraud Section prosecutor picked to serve on local DC appeals court

June 26, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

The White House announced President Trump's intent to nominate Vijay Shanker, a senior litigation counsel in the Criminal Division’s fraud section, to serve as an associate judge on the local DC appeals court.

In politically charged Flynn case, DC circuit reaffirms limited power of judges

In politically charged Flynn case, DC circuit reaffirms limited power of judges

June 26, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

Despite concerns about political interference in DOJ cases, the DC Circuit once again said judges have extremely limited oversight powers of prosecutorial charging decisions.

SFO struggling to serve confiscation order against Gulnara Karimova

SFO struggling to serve confiscation order against Gulnara Karimova

June 26, 2020, GIR

A judge has granted the UK Serious Fraud Office an additional six months to hand Gulnara Karimova a civil recovery order because the agency has yet to contact her in Uzbekistan.