The U.S. immigration officer told a young Colombian woman that he wanted sex, once or twice, and in return would give her a green card, the coveted document that would allow her to live and work in the United States permanently. What he did not know was that the conversation was recorded on a digital camera in her pocket and used as evidence in a case of "sextortion", a form of corruption that involves officials abusing their power to obtain a sexual favor. Interpol, the international police organization, says reports indicate sextortion is a growing problem globally but it often goes under the radar, prompting a growing campaign to raise awareness about the crime and push for more prosecutions. "Sextortion is very widespread, but it is one of the hardest-to-prove forms of corruption," Nancy Hendry, senior advisor at the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), which coined the term and is pushing for change, told a corruption conference this week. Prosecutors often … [Read more...] about Legal experts push for greater efforts to tackle “sextortion” globally
A proposal to jettison capital punishment for crimes of corruption and taking bribes was strongly opposed by law experts at Friday's criminal-law drafting session of Ho Chi Minh City's Bar Association (HBA). HBA Chairman Nguyen Dang Trung said it was necessary to keep the strict punishment considering the current corruption climate. Moreover, the battle against corruption and taking bribes was a top priority for the Communist Party and the government, he said. Chief Justice of the HCMC People's Court, Bui Hoang Danh, also suggested "careful consideration" was needed before excluding bribe-taking and graft offenders from the death sentence. Environmental protection laws needed more specific definitions of "serious consequences," the National Assembly's representative, Tran Dong A, said adding that stronger penalties for such violations were needed. The city's legal experts also agreed there should be more laws to deal with internet crime with strict penalties and suggested … [Read more...] about Experts oppose scrapping of death sentence for graft, bribery
(VOVworld) - International experts say China has no legal foundation for declaring its sovereignty within the U-shaped line in the East Sea. This was the consensus at a seminar entitled "The East Sea and Asia Pacific in Transition: Exploring Options for Managing Disputes" held in Washington, DC, last Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The scholars said that China's invitation of bids to survey and explore 9 oil and gas blocks located in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf is illegal. Today, VOV highlights opinions by several international scholars and politicians on China's recent actions. Seminar participants shared the view that China's declarations and policies concerning the East Sea are baseless and don't conform to international law. Professor Carlyle Thayer of the Australian Defence Force Academy said China's U-shaped line, created in 1948, is not legal because it was drawn before the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) … [Read more...] about Experts: China’s sovereignty claims in East Sea are groundless
International experts condemn China for disrupting Vietnam’s legal marine activities and urged the country to be better prepared for the next encounter Fishermen unloading tunas in the central province of Binh Thuan. On Sunday, Vietnam condemned China for increasing regional tensions and said it would do everything necessary to protect its territorial integrity after Chinese patrol boats "interfered with" a Vietnamese oil and gas survey ship in the East Sea. International experts have condemned China for its recent violations of Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Despite wide criticism from members of the public and local officials, Chinese ships continue to hassle Vietnamese fishermen and research vessels. On May 26, three Chinese patrol boats illegally entered Vietnamese waters and violently disrupted a routine seismic survey being conducted by a state-owned gas company. Three days later, members of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a public … [Read more...] about Maritime experts cry foul on China
The Asian firm trying to stop Apple Inc from using the iPad name in China has launched an attack on the consumer electronics giant's home turf, filing a lawsuit in California that accuses the iPhone-maker of employing deception when it bought the "iPad" trademark. A unit of Proview International Holdings Ltd, a major computer monitor maker that fell on hard times during the economic crisis, is already suing the U.S. company in multiple Chinese jurisdictions and requesting that sales of iPads be suspended across the country. Last week, units Proview Electronics Co Ltd and Proview Technology Co filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County that brings their legal dispute to Silicon Valley. Proview accuses Apple of creating a "special purpose" entity - IP Application Development Ltd, or IPAD - to buy the iPad name from it, concealing Apple's role in the matter. In its filing, Proview alleged lawyers for IPAD repeatedly said it would not be competing with the Chinese firm, and refused … [Read more...] about Apple’s China legal battle over iPad spreads to U.S.