Criminal Law News Weekly Round Up – 30th April 2017

 

Our weekly roundup on Criminal law developments in UK and International Criminal Law.

Report cybercrime: Top City of London police chief Ian Dyson advises businesses 

The City A.M reported the The Commissioner of the City of London  has urged London businesses to not leave incidents of cyber crime and business crime unreported due to reputational concerns. It reported the Police Chief discusses what prevents London businesses from reporting crime.

Click on the link to read the complete article: http://www.cityam.com/262729/top-city-london-police-chief-ian-dyson-warns-businesses

 

Dangerous to opt out of human rights agreements in future wars 

The Guardian reported a justice centric view on the UK Government plans to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights, which would only potentially benefit the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from any review by the courts. It has prompted a ‘Joint Committee On Human Rights’ (JCHR) and has representations from MoD supporting it and the Law Society and Liberty opposing the move.

Read about what both sides have to say on https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/24/plan-to-opt-out-of-rights-accords-in-future-wars-dangerous-inquiry-hears

 

Dutch arms trafficker to Liberia convicted for war crimes 

The conviction of Guus Kouwenhoven by a Dutch appeal court, for him acting as an accessory to war crimes and arms trafficking during the Liberian civil war, under international criminal law, which were used to commit mass atrocities under the Charles Taylor regime.

 

A link to the full article is given https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/apr/22/dutch-arms-trafficker-to-liberia-guus-kouwenhoven-given-war-crimes-conviction

Read more on http://www.haguejusticeportal.net/index.php?id=11630

 

UN files on Holocaust will ‘rewrite history’  

Documentary evidence of the UN War Crimes Commission relating to the Nazi Holocaust will be made public for the first time by the Wiener Library in London. The Guardian reported that the focus on the timing of the release of records was the overriding public interest in doing so and the significance of this step in countering Holocaust denial.

 

Read further on https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/apr/18/opening-un-holocaust-files-archive-war-crimes-commission

 

Despite decline, death penalties in China exceed world

An Amnesty International Report cited by the Daily Mail reveals that the number of state sponsored executions in China outnumber the executions around the world. The report stated that China considers its use of death penalty a state secret and thus, there is no accurate data on the number of executions in criminal cases.

Find a link to the full article here
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4399920/Executions-China-said-outpace-world-despite-decline.html

 

Case against former PM over Iraq war should be blocked: UK attorney general 

 

The Guardian reported the intervention of the Attorney General in a private criminal prosecution case against the former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.  The Attorney General seeks to prevent any such prosecution of former Prime Minister and his aides as a matter of principle and on the ground that UK does not recognise the crime of aggression.

 

Delve into it for further details  on The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/16/uk-attorney-general-in-bid-to-block-case-against-tony-blair-over-iraq-war

 

Zambia may abandon The ICC fear Rights groups 

Yahoo News reports the fear among the rights group over Zambia abandoning International Criminal Court (ICC) membership persists. The report also points out that the claims of Zambia to leave ICC will impact the African continent threatening the rights of victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

 

Read full article on https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rights-groups-fear-zambia-could-123829451.html

 

Assets in UK will be seized under proposed amendment

The Times has reported that the Magnitsky amendment introduced to counter Russian bribery and corruption would positively become a law by the next month. It reported that it aims to increase the possibilities of asset seizure in case of any human rights abuses by Russians in the Syrian conflict.

 

Read to know the impacts of the amendment on https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/new-law-will-seize-assets-held-in-uk-vshh2m28s

 

Despite legal aid concerns, Judge jails woman for begging

A District Judge at the Worcester County Court jailed a woman for begging as reported in The Guardian. The report highlights the inability of a vulnerable woman to secure legal aid due to the complexity and reforms to legal aid eligibility.

Find the full article on The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/apr/20/judge-alarmed-about-lack-of-lawyer-as-he-jails-woman-for-begging

Read the full Judgement here:  Festival Housing Limited v Baker, [2017] EW Misc 4 (CC). (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/Misc/2017/4.html)

 

 

Restriction on legal aid for prisoners ruled unlawful

The restrictions imposed on legal aid for prisoners by the Government in 2013 were ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal. The Guardian reported that the Howard League welcomed the decision as it would provide prisoners with better access to legal assistance.   The Ministry of Justice are yet to decide whether they will appeal against the Order.

 

Full Article on https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/apr/10/cuts-legal-aid-for-prisoners-unlawful-court-of-appeal

Read more on http://howardleague.org/news/courtofappealrulingonlegalaid/

 

New TfL enforcement plan exposes Uber to £2.4M licence fee 

Ars Technica UK reported that Transport for London (TfL) is planning to introduce changes to its Private Hire Operator License fees so as to represent the regulatory and enforcement costs and increase the Taxi licence fee considerably for larger operators such as Uber.

 

To know more, click on the link to read the full article https://arstechnica.co.uk/cars/2017/04/uber-faces-2-4m-licence-fee-in-london-under-new-tfl-enforcement-plan/

 

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