UAE’s New Executive Office of AML/CFT and Dubai’s New Specialized Money Laundering Court

On August 22, 2021, at the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Courts announced the establishment of a specialized new court that will focus on combating money laundering.  The announcement comes just months after the UAE Cabinet approved the establishment of the Executive Office of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT). These two developments together further demonstrate the UAE’s ongoing efforts to implement and maintain a sophisticated financial crime compliance framework that is in line with FATF’s expectations and recommendations. New Court is the Next Step in…

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Bans Off Our Bodies: Planned Parenthood Pres. on Abortion Bans, Bills in Congress & the Supreme Court

After thousands of people marched in hundreds of rallies across the United States to protest against tightening abortion restrictions, we speak with Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson, who says the weekend actions represent “a movement moment” for reproductive rights. “More than 80% of Americans believe that Roe should be the law of the land,” she says. “And yet, in state after state, these horrific restrictions and bans are continuing to further erode our ability to access our constitutional right.” Source link

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Two hunters appear in court accused of ‘charade’ to flout fox hunting ban

Support us and go ad-freeA huntsman and a whipper-in actively encouraged hounds to look for a fox after a trail hunt was set up as a charade, a court has heard. Prosecutors allege that huntsman John Oliver Finnegan and  whipper-in Rhys Matcham breached the 2004 Hunting Act in Leicestershire on 4 February 2020. Both men, who deny any wrongdoing, were captured on camera by the League Against Cruel Sports from an observation point near Breedon-on-the-Hill, Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told. Whipper-in Rhys Matcham is accused of breaching the 2004 Hunting Act in Leicestershire in February 2020 (Matthew Cooper/PA) Opening the case on 24 August, prosecutor Mark Fielding alleged…

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Michael Gove loses court case over lack of of sign language at Covid briefings

Support us and go ad-freeA deaf woman who took High Court action after complaining about a lack of British Sign Language interpreters at Government Covid-19 briefings in England has won a compensation fight. Katie Rowley took legal action against Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove. Rowley, a self-employed actor and writer, said the government had breached obligations to make broadcasts accessible to deaf people under equality legislation. Ministers disputed this and lawyers representing Gove said Rowley’s claim should be dismissed. A judge based in London made a ruling in Rowley’s favour on 28 July. Justice Fordham said the absence of any British sign language interpretation for “data briefings” on…

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As case of stolen Venezuelan gold reaches court, the UK still backs coup leader Juan Guaidó

Support us and go ad-freeAs The Canary has extensively reported, since January 2019 Venezuela has been subjected to a US-backed coup attempt. The putsch began when a previously unknown member of Venezuela’s legislature declared himself ‘interim president’. He was quickly recognized as the oil rich South American country’s legitimate leader by the US and most of its Latin American and Western European allies, including the UK government of then-prime minister Theresa May. As part of the coup attempt, the Bank of England unilaterally froze assets belonging to Venezuela. But the beleaguered nation will soon have the opportunity to recoup its stolen property in court. And as the case’s…

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More subpostmasters have convictions quashed by Court of Appeal

Support us and go ad-freeThe Court of Appeal has cleared 12 more former subpostmasters who were wrongly convicted of offences as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal. In April, 39 former subpostmasters who were convicted and even jailed for theft, fraud and false accounting had their names cleared – some after fighting for nearly 20 years. On Monday, three senior judges overturned the convictions of a further 12 people who were convicted based on evidence from the faulty IT system used by the Post Office from 2000. Their appeals were unopposed by the Post Office, and the judge said the court would give full reasons in…

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Controlling Women: With Roe v. Wade in Peril, Authors Say Move Past Court to Save Reproductive Rights

The Supreme Court is set to review a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy that intends to challenge Roe v. Wade, raising concern for advocates about how reproductive rights can be preserved without the landmark ruling. “I think it’s very, very likely that the court will either eradicate the right to choose abortion as we now know it completely or so undermine it to make it meaningless for most of American women,” says Kathryn Kolbert, longtime public interest attorney who argued the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the Supreme Court in 1992, which is credited with saving Roe v. Wade. She lays out…

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1970s convictions of three black men overturned by Court of Appeal

Support us and go ad-freeThree black men who were jailed for allegedly attempting to rob a corrupt police officer nearly 50 years ago have finally had their convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal. Long road to justice Courtney Harriot, Paul Green, and Cleveland Davidson – all aged between 17 and 20 at the time – were arrested on the London Underground while travelling from Stockwell station, south London, in February 1972. The trio, now in their late 60s, and three friends – who became known as the “Stockwell Six” – were put on trial at the Old Bailey, largely on the word of British Transport Police officer…

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Supreme Court “Hijacking” Democracy with Rulings That Gut Voting Rights & Allow More Dark Money

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: In a 6-to-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has further gutted the Voting Rights Act by upholding two racially discriminatory voter laws in Arizona. The ruling is a major setback for voting rights and comes at a time when Republican state lawmakers are pushing sweeping voter suppression bills across the United States. In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote, quote, “What is tragic here is that the Court has yet again rewritten — in order to weaken — a statute that stands as a monument to America’s greatness, and protects against its basest impulses.…

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Win for families as High Court rules Home Office asylum guidance is unlawful

Support us and go ad-freePart of the Home Office’s guidance on reuniting unaccompanied child asylum seekers (UAMs) with their families in the UK is unlawful, the High Court has ruled. Legal action Safe Passage, a charity that supports child refugees, took legal action against the Home Office over how caseworkers are told to process requests for UAMs to be reunited with family members in the UK. Under European legislation, child refugees can have their asylum claims transferred to another country if they have family there. A “take charge request” can be issued so they can travel to that country to be with their family and the claim is…

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