Press review
25 February 2022

Press review – Week of 21 February 2022

This press review covers the latest court rulings and new regulations on different branches of law, as well as events that have been in the legal news in recent days.

 

Corruption and money laundering: Credit Suisse at the heart of new accusations

Following an international investigation initiated by numerous media (the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), the Swiss bank is suspected of having hosted nearly one hundred billion euros of funds of criminal or illicit origin. > Read article

 

#White Collar Law1.5 million Tunisians would have paid 570 million dinars in bribes in 2020, according to a study

The Tunisian Association of Public Controllers has conducted a survey that would show that in 2020, 1.5 million Tunisians would have paid 570 million dinars (175’395’802 Euros) in bribes. This is an estimate of the daily petty corruption that runs the country’s business. > Read article

 

Starting point of the time limit for making additional observations

The Court de cassation decided that the time limit for formulating complementary prescriptions in the event of an indictment runs from the date of communication of the requisitions and not at the end of the one-month period following the notice of end of information (Cass. crim., Jan. 26, 2022, n° 21-86.230). > Read article

 

Russian invasion of Ukraine

After recognizing the independence of two territories in Ukraine, Russia is invading Ukrainian territory in flagrant violation of international law. The attack targets the main cities of the country, including Kiev, its capital. > Read article

 

Ukraine, EU sanctions in effect

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Secretary of State for European Affairs announced that Western sanctions will be effective from February 23 or 24. These sanctions include the suspension in Germany of the “Nord Stream II” project, which is supposed to double the supply of Russian gas to Germany, and sanctions against Russian financial institutions. > Read article

 

Decriminalization of abortion in Colombia

According to a decision of the Colombian Constitutional Court, the article of the penal code punishing the voluntary interruption of pregnancy is contrary to the Constitution and will be applied in cases of abortion only after the 24th week of gestation. In other cases, the abortion procedure will not entail any criminal consequences. > Read article

 

#Financial Criminal Law: Combination of a fine for resisting a tax inspection with possible criminal proceedings: referral of a QPC

Following the example of financial and competition matters, the Constitutional Council will be seized of a Priority Question of Constitutionality to determine whether the cumulation of criminal and administrative sanctions is not contrary to the principle of necessity of offenses and penalties (CE, 9th and 10th ch., 8 February 2022, n° 458277). > Read article

 

The competition authority imposes a fine of 300 million euros on EDF

The French competition authority has fined the French company EDF 300 million euros for abuse of a dominant position and illegal collection of customer data, and this in a logic of “commercial conquest”. The company did not contest the facts and requested the settlement procedure itself. > Read article

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