A post from Lawfare on 2 June pointed out that, in 2018, the US and EU each set out to reinvent the international system for making electronic evidence stored in one jurisdiction available to law enforcement in another. 4 years later, progress toward this goal has been incremental at best. It asks has the time for such an agreement on e-evidence come and gone? It explains that law enforcement’s problem is clear. Major cloud service providers typically store customers’ electronic communications content data in servers scattered across the globe. When police or prosecutors seek this data, they now regularly find that it is under the control of a provider located in a foreign country. In many countries, communications service providers are prohibited by law from directly disclosing communications content to a foreign government; and law enforcement seeking foreign-located content data must present a formal international request for mutual legal assistance (MLAT). It points to the US agreement with the UK, which shows that an e-evidence accord would protect parties’ respective essential sovereign interests. The US retains the power to decline UK court orders that could implicate US free speech protections, and the UK may do likewise to deny US requests in cases where the death penalty is sought.
On 2 June, the US Treasury advised that OFAC had taken further action to degrade the key networks used by Russia’s elites, including President Vladimir Putin, to attempt to hide and move money and anonymously make use of luxury assets around the globe. The action targets a Kremlin-aligned yacht brokerage, several prominent Russian government officials, and a close Putin associate and money-manager, Sergei Roldugin, who is a custodian of President Putin’s offshore wealth. In order to further tighten and enforce existing sanctions, this action further identifies yachts and aircraft in which sanctioned Russian elites maintain interests. The targets include a number of yachts and the yacht broker Imperial Yachts SARL, based in Luxembourg, and its Russian CEO, Evgeniy Borisovich Kochman were designated, as well as aircraft and aircraft operators.
A news release from US Treasury on 2 June advised that OFAC had designated 6 individuals because of their support for, or actions on behalf of, the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), a violent Mexico-based organisation.