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Ukraine: Financial Pyramids Will Be Outlawed

(Oct. 3, 2012) On August 23, 2012, the Ukrainian Commission on Financial Markets Regulation approved draft legislation banning financial pyramids in <?Ukraine and forwarded it to the legislature. The draft is published on the Commission's website. (Proposal on Banning Financial Pyramids in Ukraine [in Ukrainian] (last visited Oct. 1, 2012).) According to the proposed law, people […]

Russia: Rewards for Assisting Police

(Oct. 3, 2012) On August 23, 2012, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (police) of the Russian Federation published on its website draft Rules on Incentives and Payments to Individuals for Assistance in Investigating Crimes and Apprehending Criminals. This document will enter into force after it is approved by the federal government. The system of official […]

Netherlands: Proposal for Expansion of Pre-Trial Detention Sent to Legislature

(Sept. 27, 2012) The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which they are awaiting trial, when the trial involves accelerated proceedings. Thus, the suspects would not be […]

Finland: Electronic Firearms Registry Part of Integrated Police Records System

(Sept. 24, 2012) It was reported on September 6, 2012, that <?Finland's police force will have a new, electronic registry of firearms owned by citizens, which will streamline the processing of license applications through the direct entry of information into the data system, reducing paperwork. The registry will be inaugurated in November; the current system […]

Gambia: Death Penalty Impositions Temporarily Halted

(Sept. 18, 2012) On September 14, 2012, Yahya Jammeh, President of The Gambia, set a temporary moratorium on executions in the country. (Gambia Stops Death Row Executions, CBC NEWS (Sept. 15, 2012).) There are 37 people remaining under death sentences in The Gambia, following nine executions in August 2012. Jammeh issued a statement to the […]

Canada: Quebec Court Decision Saves Gun Registry

(Sept. 13, 2012) On September 10, 2012, a judge of the Cour Supérieur (Superior Court) of Quebec issued a decision that declared part of a Canadian federal law to be unconstitutional; the law had abolished a particular register of firearms owners. (Procureur Général du Québec c. Procureur Général du Canada, Le Commissaire aux Armes à […]

Mexico; United States: Memorandum of Cooperation on Methamphetamine Production

(Sept. 6, 2012) On August 23, 2012, drug enforcement authorities from the <?United States and Mexico announced the signature of a memorandum of cooperation(MOC)between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican government to combat unlawful methamphetamine production. (Press Release, DEA, DEA and Mexico Announce Further Steps to Combat Meth Production (Aug. 23, […]

Gambia: Report of Official Executions Being Carried Out After Long Hiatus

(Aug. 30, 2012) Amnesty International (AI) reported on August 24, 2012, that it had “received credible reports” of nine persons having been executed in The Gambia on the previous night and that more persons might be executed in the near future. President Yahya Jammeh had announced in a television address to the nation the previous […]

Denmark: Government Proposes Outlawing Prostitution

(Aug. 30, 2012) It was reported in July 2012 that the Danish government intends to move forward with a proposal to make purchasing sexual acts illegal. The legislation would target the customers, rather than the prostitutes themselves. According to legislator Pernille Vigsø Bagge, “[t]he current situation is not tolerable. … Denmark has become a Mecca […]

Chile: Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sex Crimes Against Minors

(Aug. 27, 2012) On June 13, 2012, Law 20594 was passed to amend the Criminal Code to include disqualifications for individuals convicted of sexual crimes against minors. (Ley 20594 Crea Inhabilidades para Condenados por Delitos Sexuales Contra Menores y Establece Registro de Dichas Inhabilidades [Law 20594 Creating Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sexual Crimes Against […]