3 International Law Updates from the Department of “What Were They Thinking?”

For your weekend reading pleasure, this just on from the International Department of “What Were They Thinking?” -»

Telecom Executive Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (Morrison & Foerster):

“Last Wednesday, a United States District Court judge in the Southern District of Florida sentenced the former CEO of Latin Node, a now-defunct Florida-based telecommunication company, to 46 months in prison for paying bribes to Honduran government officials. Three other former executives will be sentenced later this year, bringing to a close the extensive — and expensive — fall-out from events that carry many lessons regarding the FCPA.

The former CEO, like his three other colleagues (the then-CFO, vice president of business development, and the chief commercial officer), pled guilty to arranging bribes to the general manager, an attorney, and a Honduran government representative to the board of directors of Empresa Hondurena de Telecommunicaciones (Hondutel), the Honduran state-owned telecommunications company. The bribes totaled more than $500,000 over a nearly 18 month period, and were laundered through Latin Node subsidiaries in Guatemala and through Honduran accounts that the government officials controlled. Nine months before the bribes began, Latin Node had been named the sole winner of an interconnection agreement with Hondutel, allowing Latin Node to provide long distance service between the two countries. The bribes were paid to retain the interconnection agreement and to continue to do business with Hondutel. In its plea agreement, Latin Node admitted to having paid bribes to Honduran officials and also to Yemeni officials.” Read entire update»

Collar-bomb Suspect Gives Up Extradition Fight (McNabb Associates):

From McNabb’s September 15 International Extradition Law Daily: “Paul Peters, the investment banker accused of placing a fake bomb around the neck of Sydney schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver, expects to be back in Australia within a week to fight the charges. Mr Peters, 50, appeared in a court in Louisville, Kentucky, early this morning Australian time and waived his right to fight extradition. Dressed in a striped jail uniform and sandals, Mr Peters was asked by US District Court Judge Dave Whalin if he understood the rights he was giving up, if he understood extradition law. He replied “yes, indeed”…Australian police said in US court documents that Mr Peters was accused of breaking into 18-year- old Miss Pulver’s home in the wealthy Sydney suburb of Mosman on August 3 and tethering the fake bomb to her neck as part of an elaborate extortion plot…” Read entire update»

Bribery Case: Another Example of DOJ’s Intent to Expand Reach of Criminal Law (Ifrah Law):

“The Department of Justice continues to show that, even when Congress places limits on the reach of federal criminal statutes, prosecutors will concoct novel theories to try to evade those limits. The latest example of that trend is in the case of Juthamas Siriwan, former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and her daughter, Jittsopa Siriwan.

The Siriwan prosecution arises out of the 2009 indictment of movie producer Gerald Green and his wife, Patricia Green, for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – the first case ever filed against individuals in the entertainment business under that statute. The Greens were accused of paying $1.8 million to receive nearly $14 million in business from the Thai tourism authority between 2002 and 2007, including a contract to manage the Bangkok International Film Festival. In 2009, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted the Greens, who were each sentenced to six months in prison plus six months of home confinement…” Read updates»

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