US President signs Financial Crime Executive Order to, among other things, bring foreigners to “Face Justice in the US”

Come Face US Justice On Thursday, the US President signed an executive order to protect the US from transnational criminal organizations and, inter alia, to tackle financial crimes. The executive order is entitled “Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking.” Its purpose is to dismantle international organized crime. Thwarting [...]

Eritean refugees get green light to sue Vancouver mining company for slavery and crimes against humanity

Late last week, the Supreme Court of British Columbia approved a representative lawsuit for damages for slavery and crimes against humanity filed by three refugees from Eritea against Nevsun Resources Ltd., a BC incorporated mining company (“Nevsun”). The Reasons for Judgment are not the most clear, in part because the litigation involved an attempt to [...]

FBI wins appeal to hack into your personal computer for serious criminality

Right to hack any computer anywhere for serious criminality with underlying court order In a case that seemed to be quite sweeping, the US government has won an appeal to use evidence in a criminal proceeding derived from hacking into personal computers, regardless of where situated (a home, a corporation, a café, an airport) for [...]

A banker’s update on terrorist financing and money laundering from the US Committee on Homeland Security

Summary of the Updates The US House Committee on Homeland Security released a number of updates and received testimony on the status of terrorist financing, terrorism and money laundering in the last few weeks with some interesting developments relevant to banks in terms of changes in terrorist financing typologies that should be added to anti-money [...]

Canada and the fake refugee passport issue

Fake refugees — A crisis within a crisis It seems to becoming clear that it is not reasonably possible to rely on the identity documents of any persons who claim Syrian or Iraqi refugee status from 2014 onwards, the time in which the Islamic State acquired the capacity to create authentic passports. Since at least [...]

Is there a terrorism risk for Canada in accepting 25,000 refugees?

Terrorist risks for refugees There appears to be a debate that has the potential to escalate in this country in respect of whether there are risks for Canada in taking in 25,000 Syrian refugees. No decision is ever risk-free. The decision to accept Syrian refugee is no different – it is not risk free. But [...]

Canada still a “major money laundering country” in 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report on AML

The 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“INCSR“) published this month by the U.S. Department of State, particularly volume I on the drug trafficking trade, is more favourable of Canada than the last two years, primarily as a result of the enactment in Canada of the Omnibus Crime Bill C-10, know as the Safe Streets and [...]

Canada moves forward on law to remove foreign criminals

Foreign Criminals Removal On Monday, Canada’s immigration minister will move forward with legislation to facilitate the removal of foreign criminals from Canada. Bill C-43, entitled the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, will amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in the following ways: Certain foreign nationals convicted of a criminal offence in Canada will be [...]

Escort agency charged with money laundering

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI announced the filing today of money laundering and prostitution charges against several Philadelphia-based companies, R.S. Duffy Inc. and National A-1 Advertising Inc., that allegedly ran an escort service from the website escorts.com. The companies entered into a plea agreement in respect of money laundering conspiracy charges and agreed to the recommended [...]