February 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was a deliberate ...[read more]
August 29, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 29, 2011, the European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo announced an investigation led by US prosecutor John Clint Williamson into claims that Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci participated in a human organ and drug trafficking scheme during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. Thaci denied all ...[read more]
November 16, 2010
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Thai government on Tuesday extradited alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the US to stand trial. The Thai Cabinet approved the extradition and handed Bout over to US law enforcement officials for immediate departure to the US. Bout has been fighting extradition since 2008 when he was ...[read more]
May 1, 2010
by Haley Wojdowski
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Central African nations to adopt a legally binding instrument to combat illicit arms trafficking. Ban noted that there is a strong correlation between arms trafficking and illicit activities, et Central Africa remains one of the few African sub... ...[read more]
July 27, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
Russian police on Monday released suspected organized crime leader Semyon Mogilevich after a court found that prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to continue holding him. Mogilevich and another man, Vladimir Nekrasov, were arrested in January 2008. The court ordered their release, citing the ...[read more]
July 13, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
Accused Nigerian rebel leader Henry Okah was released on Monday after the government dropped treason and gun trafficking charges against him. The government alleges that Okah is the leader of the rebel group Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), which has been conducting armed ...[read more]
November 29, 2008
by Jake Oresick
Former Argentine President Carlos Menem was formally charged Friday with illegally trafficking arms to Croatia and Ecuador, contrary to a 1991 UN embargo against Croatia and a 1995 Organization of American States (OAS) ban on selling arms to Ecuador. Defense lawyers contend the then-president ...[read more]
October 17, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
Former Argentine president Carlos Menem failed to appear in a Buenos Aires court Thursday as he and other former officials went on trial on arms trafficking charges. The court excused Menem's absence after a defense lawyer presented a medical certificate indicating that the former president ...[read more]
October 9, 2007
by Jaime Jansen
European laws need to be strengthened in order to more effectively fight organized crime throughout Europe, Italian prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said Monday. Gratteri is investigating the August slayings of six Italians in Duisburg, Germany, widely believed to be the result of a decades-old feud ...[read more]
June 7, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
A Dutch court convicted arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven of violating the UN embargo against former Liberian President Charles Taylor's government, but found him not guilty of war crimes, saying he did not have direct knowledge of the atrocities committed during the Liberian civil war. ...[read more]

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