Yamkela Makupula: “Infrastructure greatest impediment that keeps Africans apart”

Ms Yamkela Makupula, Chief Executive Officer of Diaz Reus, an International Law Firm in Johannesburg South Africa, has identify infrastructure as the greatest impediment that keeps Africans apart and divided.
She therefore urged political leaders to see the enormous value in engaging and co-operating in cross-border infrastructure investment in roads, railway lines, and ports as poor road and rail networks made it costly to do business in Africa.
She said an integrated Africa was not possible when there were currently few transport networks connecting African countries.
Ms Makupula, who is an economic advisor in Africa working with governments and the private sector in East, West and Southern Africa, made the remarks in a commentary on the theme: “Decolonising Africa’s economies is the solution to an integrated continent,” and made available to the Ghana News Agency in Tema on Thursday.

Desactivan un pedido de captura contra uno de los abogados que asistió a Daniel Muñoz para que invirtiera 30 millones de dólares de la corrupción en Turks and Caicos

El juez Julián Ercolini, a cargo del juzgado que era del fallecido Claudio Bonadio, dejó sin efecto ayer la orden de captura nacional e internacional que pesaba sobre el abogado canadiense radicado en Turks and Caicos, Peter Michael Karam. El abogado integra un importante estudio de la capital de Turks and Caicos y participó de la maniobra de lavado de dinero realizada por el ex secretario privado de los Kirchner, Daniel Muñoz que finalizó con una compra millonaria de terrenos en las paradisíacas islas del océano Atlántico.

Lost grave of Black Miami rookie cop killed 40 years ago finally found, police say

In the morning hours of Sept. 2, 1981, a rookie cop by the name of Nathaniel Broom stopped a Volkswagen Beetle on a Miami street corner with three men inside suspected of taking part in a robbery. The men ran and Broom, 23 and only nine months on the job, gave chase.
As the officer raced up Northwest Second Avenue and then turned the corner onto 11 Street in what the Miami Herald described at the time as a “rundown section of Miami called Overtown,” Robert Patton, 24, was kneeling on the ground, waiting. Holding his gun with both hands, Patton fired at Broom as he came into sight. The bullet struck his heart. He was killed almost immediately.
Broom was buried — and then, somehow, the location of his remains became a mystery to Miami police. Now, 40 years later, a retired detective and her old boss believe Broom’s grave has finally been found.

Former PDVSA general counsel avoids prison

A Miami federal court on 21 April sentenced Edoardo Orsoni, a former general counsel at Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA, to three years’ probation. Orsoni is the latest to be sentenced in the US Department of Justice’s expanding investigation into corruption connected to Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). Orsoni, who admitted to accepting bribes in exchange for approving favourable contracts, was charged in March 2020 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US in August. He cooperated with Miami federal prosecutors’ ongoing investigation, according to court documents. Counsel to Orsoni, Michael Diaz at Diaz Reus, said: “Short of avoiding charges altogether, we are very pleased with the outcome.”

OFAC Sanctions Guatemalan Officials

On April 26, 2021, the OFAC sanctioned the Chief of Staff for former president Alvaro Colom and an elected delegate to the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, pursuant to the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and E.O. 13818 of December 20, 2017, “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption.” Specifically, OFAC added these individuals to the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons for their alleged participation in the bribery of Guatemalan officials and other acts of corruption.

Attorney returns to TCI court in May for extradition proceedings

Attorney Peter Karam is set to appear before Chief Magistrate Jolyon Hatmin on May 11, in relation to an extradition request from Argentina. He is wanted in the South American country to answer to charges connected to an alleged conspiracy to launder assets obtained through criminal activity contrary to the laws of Argentina. Reliable sources have confirmed to the Weekly News that Karam has been granted bail by Argentinian court with conditions that he surrender to its jurisdiction.

Unleashing Central America’s Growth Potential

The synthesis report analyzes the main findings of the Unleashing Central America’s Growth Potential Study, focusing on productivity and export performance of the region over the past three decades and accounting for the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the region. It aims to identify broad strategic directions for the region that would help to increase sophistication of exports, reduce productivity gaps within the region and vis-à-vis other regions, and achieve higher productivity growth.

Punto a favor del arbitraje: Sentencia 15 de febrero del Constitucional

Por Tomás Villatoro, Socio de Ius + Aequitas, miembro de la alianza DRT (DRT Alliance) en España.
El pasado 15 de febrero de 2021 el Tribunal Constitucional ha estimado el recurso de amparo que se interpuso contra la sentencia nº 1/2018 de la de la Sala de lo Civil y Penal del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid, que anuló un laudo dictado en un arbitraje en equidad, al considerar que aquél no había sido suficientemente motivado por el árbitro.

The U.S. Government Expands Its Russia-Related Sanctions

On April 15, 2021, the U.S. President signed an Executive Order “Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation” (the “E.O.”). In it, the U.S. President declared a new national emergency under which economic sanctions may be imposed against individuals and entities (i) undermining the conduct of free and fair democratic elections and democratic institutions in the U.S. and its allies and partners; (ii) engaging in and facilitating malicious cyber-enabled activities against the U.S. and its allies and partners; (iii) fostering and using transnational corruption to influence foreign governments; (iv) pursuing extraterritorial activities targeting dissidents or journalists; (v) undermining security in countries and regions important to U.S. national security; and (vi) violating well-established principles of international law such as respect for the territorial integrity of states.

The Façade of COVID-19 Class Action Litigation Against China Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

In recent weeks, at least seven class action lawsuits have been filed in federal district courts throughout the United States against the government of the People’s Republic of China (the “P.R.C.” or “China”), all relating to China’s alleged liability for damages and injuries sustained in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although plaintiffs in these lawsuits make broadly different claims, they all face the same highly formidable legal roadblock: a need to find exceptions that can pierce the presumptive immunity afforded to China and other sovereign nations under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), 28 U.S.C. § 1602, et seq., which would otherwise preclude their claims at the outset for lack of jurisdiction.