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Panama; United States: Agreement on Forfeited Funds

(Jan. 6, 2014) The United States and Panama signed an agreement in October 2013 under which they will share over $36 million in forfeited assets. (Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Cole and Panamanian Attorney General Belfon Sign Agreement to Share Forfeited Assets (Oct. 22, 2013).) The agreement was reached following […]

South Africa: Constitutional Court Upholds Mandatory Minimum Sentence Rule for Accomplices in Armed Robberies

(Dec. 31, 2013) On November 28, 2013, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the court of last resort on all constitutional issues, overturned a decision of the Western Cape High Court and upheld as constitutional a provision in the Criminal Procedure Act No. 51 of 1977 that makes an accomplice to robbery with aggravating circumstances […]

Netherlands: Protocol Adopted to Protect Children in Partner-Killing Cases

(Dec. 27, 2013) On December 1, 2013, a new protocol on custody of children in the event of a partner killing took effect in the Netherlands. It was developed under the aegis of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, which held four expert meetings to consider the consequences for children of such family dramas. […]

Indonesia: Bill on Money Laundering Considered in House

(Dec. 27, 2013) Indonesia’s House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Republik Indonesia) is considering a new law on money laundering. (Draft Law … on the Prevention and Suppression of the Crime of Money Laundering [in Indonesian], House of Representatives website (last visited Dec. 24, 2013).) The draft legislation is now listed as “under discussion by […]

Nigeria: Bill Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage Moves Forward

(Dec. 26, 2013) On December 17, 2013, the Nigerian Senate unanimously adopted a Conference Committee report on the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011, bringing the bill one step closer to enactment. (Senate Passes Harmonised Report on Same Sex Marriage Bill, THIS DAY LIVE (Dec. 18, 2013).) Aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriages and civil unions, […]

Uganda: Parliament Approves Anti-Pornography Bill

(Dec. 23, 2013) On December 18, 2013, Uganda’s 375-member unicameral Parliament adopted the Anti-Pornography Bill, 2011, which seeks to establish a catch-all offense of pornography and provide a comprehensive legal regime on the subject. (Yasiin Mugerwa & Nelson Wesonga, MPs Pass Bill Against Miniskirts, DAILY MONITOR (Dec. 19, 2013); Parliament Passes Anti-Pornography Law, Parliament of […]

Egypt: Women Sentenced to Prison Term for Anti-Government Demonstration

(Dec. 12, 2013) On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month of October 2013 in the city of <!–?Alexandria. The indictment by the general prosecution accused the […]

Belarus: Government Will Confiscate Cars of Drunk Drivers

(Dec. 11, 2013) A new law that cracks down on drunk driving came into force in Belarus on October 24, 2013 (Law of the Republic of Belarus of July 12, 2013, No. 60-Z on Amendments to Certain Laws of the Republic of Belarus on Tightening Sanctions for Driving in a State of Intoxication [in Russian] […]

Japan: Severe Punishment for Drivers Who Have Seizures in Certain Traffic Accident Cases

(Dec. 11, 2013) The Diet, Japan’s parliament, adopted a law in November 2013 that imposes stricter penalties on reckless drivers who cause fatal accidents while under the influence of alcohol or are impaired due to a chronic illness. (Act on Punishment of Acts Inflicting Injury or Death on Other(s) by Driving a Vehicle [in Japanese], […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 13, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands sent draft legislation to the country’s parliament that would impose higher penalties on persons suspected of acts of violent crime, if evidence from an alcohol or drugs test indicated that the suspects acted while under the influence. (Bill to […]