Criminal Law Blog

10 December 2019

Torture charges dismissed against Agnes Reeves Taylor

It was reported on 6 December 2019 that the torture charges against Agnes Reeves Taylor, the ex-wife of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, have been dismissed. Agnes Taylor was charged in 2017 with a number of charges of torture relating to alleged incidents said to have taken place in 1990 in the course of the civil war in Liberia.

Jonathan Grimes

6 December 2019

Review of the reforms to pre-charge bail – is the law the problem?

On 5 November 2019, the Home Office announced that it will consider updating the reforms made in 2017 that limited the length of pre-charge bail to 28 days and introduced the current Released Under Investigation (‘RUI’) arrangements. 

Maeve Keenan

7 November 2019

Changes proposed by the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill

Extradition lawyers have, for the past three and a half years, been baffled by their very own Brexit
conundrum. How is it that the Conservatives, historically the party of law and order, could (broadly)
support leaving the EU when, since 2003, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) scheme has led to
the removal of thousands of suspected or convicted offenders from these shores?

Rebecca Niblock

7 November 2019

The Fourth AML Directive - The current roadmap and possible changes to the AML landscape two years on

The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) is now two years old. Last year, on its first anniversary, commentators and professionals lined up to criticise its implementation and list the challenges it faced. Twelve months further on, while much has superficially changed, the underlying issues remain the same. However there are stirrings that this could be about to change.

Nicola Finnerty

14 October 2019

Fast-track electronic evidence gathering from overseas – One step closer

On 3 October 2019 the Home Secretary announced that the UK and US had signed an historic agreement that will enable UK law enforcement agencies to demand direct access to electronic data from US tech firms - the UK-US Bilateral Data Access Agreement. 

Rebecca Niblock

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