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Brazil: New Law Enacted to Help Fight Pedophilia

(May 11, 2017) On May 8, 2017, Brazil amended its Statute of the Child and the Adolescent to include rules for police infiltration of the Internet for the purpose of curbing crimes of sexual exploitation involving children or adolescents. (Lei No. 13.441, de 8 de Maio de 2017 (Law No. 13,441), PLANALTO http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/_Ato2015-2018/2017/Lei/L13441.htm; Estatuto da […]

Taiwan: Removal of Statute of Limitations on Homicide Proposed in Major Reform of Criminal Code

(Apr. 26, 2017) On March 21, 2017, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice, “in a landmark legal reform,” issued a draft text for public comment on recommended amendments to the Criminal Code and to its law of implementation, among them the elimination of the country’s current statute of limitations on homicide to allow the prosecution of murders […]

Mongolia: Domestic Violence Made a Criminal Offense

(Apr. 12, 2017) On February 1, 2017, Mongolia’s newly amended Law to Combat Domestic Violence entered into force. The new Law was adopted on December 22, 2016, although it had originally been approved by the Great Hural (the parliament) on May 13, 2016, and scheduled for entry into effect on September 1 of that year. […]

Kenya: Anti-Money Laundering Law Amended

(Mar. 24, 2017) On March 3, 2017, the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, signed into law the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill.  During the signing ceremony, he reportedly noted that “[t]his is a major tool in our sustained efforts to fight corruption.  It means that no proceeds of theft and corruption are beyond the […]

Japan: Supreme Court Rules GPS-Based Investigation Requires Warrant

(Mar. 21, 2017) On March 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Japan issued a judgment in a theft case that involved a police investigation using global positioning system (GPS) terminals they attached to the suspects’ cars; the investigation was conducted without warrants.  (Heisei 28 (a) 442 (S. Ct., Mar. 15, 2017), Courts of Japan (in Japanese).)  […]

France: Statute of Limitations Extended for Criminal Offenses

(Mar. 21, 2017) On February 27, 2017, the French President signed into law a bill that extends the statute of limitations for criminal matters. (Loi n° 2017-242 du 27 février 2017 portant réforme de la prescription en matière pénale [Law No. 2017-242 of 27 February 2017, Reforming the Statutes of Limitations for Criminal Matters], LEGIFRANCE.) […]

Japan: Sex Crime Law to Be Amended

(Mar. 16, 2017) The Cabinet submitted a bill to the Diet, Japan’s parliament, on March 7, 2017, on amending a part of the Penal Code. (Bill Status Information, Cabinet Bill 47 of 193rd Diet Session, House of Representatives, Japan, website (in Japanese).) Former Minister of Justice Midori Matsushima had initiated the discussion of the amendment in […]

The Philippines: New Agency Created to Support Drug Enforcement Agency

(Mar. 15, 2017) On March 6, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) that brings together 21 state agencies, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair, under a joint command, in order to more effectively combat the country’s drug problem. (Manuel Mogato, Philippine […]

Samoa: New Approval Guidelines for Arming Police Passed

(Mar. 14, 2017) On March 7, 2017, the Samoan Parliament voted to pass the Police Powers Amendment Bill 2017, which sets out the approval requirements for police officers in the country to be armed when carrying out their duties. (Police Powers Amendment Bill 2017, Parliament of Samoa website; Lagi Keresoma, Samoa Parliament Approves New Police Powers Bill, […]

Israel: Sentencing of Soldier Convicted of Killing Neutralized Palestinian Assailant

(Mar. 13, 2017) On February 21, 2017, the Military Court Central District issued a sentence in the case of an Israel Defense Forces  sergeant who had been convicted of manslaughter and of “unbecoming conduct” for shooting and killing an injured Palestinian assailant without justification and in violation of military rules of engagement.  (File 182/16, Military […]