257 entries in 'Court Watch'
2021/03/21   Israel revokes permit of Palestinian foreign minister
2021/02/24   Labor unions to hand out masks outside House sessions
2021/02/10   Polish court rules record compensation for wrongful jailing
2021/01/30   Dutch court orders Shell Nigeria to compensate farmers
2021/01/03   Appeals court vacates order delaying woman’s execution
2020/12/29   Hong Kongers charged in China plead guilty, relatives told
2020/10/23   German arrest order for Panama Papers lawyers faces hurdle
2020/10/15   Senate Judiciary sets vote on Barrett, Dems decry ‘sham’
2020/10/07   Greek court rules Golden Dawn party criminal organization
2020/10/03   Supreme Court to review Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ law
2020/09/21   'Justice Joan' Larsen emerges as finalist for Supreme Court
2020/09/09   Trump releases list of 20 new possible Supreme Court picks
2020/08/23   California justices toss death penalty for Scott Peterson
2020/08/11   UK court says face recognition violates human rig
2020/07/21   California court upholds verdict in Monsanto cancer case
2020/06/11   UConn student fugitive in court on murder charge, police say
2020/05/26   Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts
2020/05/22   Supreme Court blocks House from Mueller grand jury material
2020/05/02   Black robes or bathrobes? Virus alters high court traditions
2020/04/23   Washington Supreme Court to hear COVID-19 inmate case online
2020/04/10   Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader
2020/04/04   Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns
2020/03/12   International court approves Afghanistan investigation
2020/03/02   A clinic prepares for Supreme Court abortion fight
2020/02/27   Ex-Phoenix area sheriff declares victory despite court loss
2020/02/16   India's top court grants equal rights to women in army
2020/01/24   Lawmakers slam Missouri Supreme Court over bail rules
2020/01/13   Indian state challenges new citizenship law in Supreme Court
2019/12/28   Court upholds creation of national monument in Atlantic
2019/12/22   Activists cheer victory in landmark Dutch climate case
2019/12/22   Saudis sentence 5 people to death for Khashoggi’s killing
2019/12/20   US heads to court to build Trump border wall in Texas
2019/12/15   Court Will Hear Trump's Pleas to Keep Financial Records Private
2019/12/13   Trump Has Successfully Gamed the Courts
2019/11/17   Challenger accuses Supreme Court’s Kelly of corruption
2019/11/08   Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities
2019/10/12   Analysis: Louisiana figures in 2 major Supreme Court cases
2019/09/28   Dutch Supreme Court asked to clarify euthanasia case
2019/07/08   Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor
2019/06/24   EU court says Poland's Supreme Court reforms unlawful
2019/06/16   High court lets Virginia voting go ahead under redrawn map
2019/05/09   Supreme Court says 1 state can’t be sued in another’s courts
2019/04/14   High court declines to take Pennsylvania rap artist’s case
2019/04/04   Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling
2019/04/03   Philippine Supreme Court orders release of drug war evidence
2019/03/23   Unions in court over laws limiting Wisconsin governor, AG
2019/03/18   Veterans court may be collateral damage in immigration fight
2019/03/12   Detained Saudi women's rights activists brought to court
2019/02/25   High court deciding fate of cross-shaped Maryland memorial
2019/02/10   Hearing set on end to decades-old Everglades court oversight
2019/02/08   Liberals eye 2020 takeover of Wisconsin Supreme Court
2019/02/02   Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate defends blog posts
2019/01/29   Out-of-state money boosts Collins after Supreme Court vote
2019/01/20   Lawyer: Incapacitated woman who gave birth not in coma
2019/01/09   Guatemala court blocks president's expulsion of UN team
2019/01/06   Court orders mediation in Maryland desegregation case
2019/01/05   WVa AG's help sought in Supreme Court impeachment appeal
2019/01/04   High court to take new look at partisan electoral districts
2018/12/27   Missouri death row inmate asks US Supreme Court to intervene
2018/12/16   California court blocks pardon of man who killed at age 14
2018/12/11   Man accused of killing tourist appears in New Zealand court
2018/12/10   Supreme Court won't hear Planned Parenthood case
2018/12/09   Mexico president blasts 'stratospheric' supreme court wages
2018/11/10   'Magic' campaign lands 17 black women on Houston courts
2018/10/27   Synagogue suspect at courthouse; survivors recall ordeal
2018/10/15   Colorado Supreme Court hears high-stakes oil and gas lawsuit
2018/10/09   Kavanaugh to hear his 1st arguments as Supreme Court justice
2018/10/08   Texas Supreme Court to hear sex offender law challenge
2018/10/02   Supreme Court could limit execution of people with dementia
2018/09/26   India's top court lifts temple's ban on women who menstruate
2018/09/21   Missouri court lets redistricting initiative go to voters
2018/09/17   Guatemala court orders UN anti-graft chief be readmitted
2018/09/13   Nebraska’s top court: Voters to decide on expanding Medicaid
2018/09/10   Indiana high court to consider city rental registration fee
2018/09/10   The Latest: Authorities: Officer arrested for manslaughter
2018/09/03   Rancorous, partisan start for Kavanaugh high court hearin
2018/08/30   Cooper, GOP lawmakers back in court on altered amendments
2018/08/27   Cities vying for 2020 convention court Democrats in Chicago
2018/08/12   Court, regulators clash over uranium project in South Dakota
2018/07/29   N Carolina elections board back in court in power struggle
2018/07/27   Court: Ban seafood caught with nets that harm tiny porpoises
2018/07/20   City attorney criticizes law used to arrest Stormy Daniels
2018/07/15   Florida school shooting suspect's statement issue in court
2018/07/01   Prosecutor to press court to release church abuse report
2018/06/13   Kansas court avoids ruling on execution for student's death
2018/06/09   Seals can keep using San Diego children's beach, court says
2018/05/05   Analysis: Voter ID Fight Testing Court as Much as New Law
2018/04/24   Supreme Court upholds challenged patent review practice
2018/04/21   UK Supreme Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler
2018/04/12   Facebook to stop spending against California privacy effort
2018/04/07   Mississippi court: Woman has parent rights in same-sex split
2018/04/04   Russian authorities asks court to block messaging app
2018/03/30   Arkansas high court: Some execution drug info can be secret
2018/03/29   Supreme Court hears case alleging unconstitutional 6th District gerrymander
2018/03/23   Agency: School boards, counties should stay out of court
2018/03/10   Former Trump campaign aide Nunberg at court for grand jury
2018/03/03   Turkish court rejects request for Greek soldiers' release
2018/02/27   Court: US anti-discrimination law covers sexual orientation
2018/02/16   Maldives court delays reinstating pro-opposition lawmakers
2018/02/10   Kushner firm seeks court change to keep partners secret
2017/12/11   Supreme Court declines gay rights work discrimination case
2017/12/10   Idaho man upset with court tries to crash into courthouse
2017/12/10   Court reverses itself and restores woman's murder conviction
2017/12/02   Cake case before Supreme Court has ties to barbecue decision
2017/11/28   Walker signs bill inspired by cabin-owners' court fight
2017/11/24   Court: Colorado county wrongly OK’d asphalt plant near homes
2017/11/02   Michigan health chief back in court in Legionnaires' case
2017/10/27   Burundi becomes 1st to leave International Criminal Court
2017/10/23   Washington Supreme Court to hear education funding case
2017/10/21   Court weighing whether graffiti mecca was protected by law
2017/10/20   Court extends house arrest for Russian theater director
2017/10/09   NC high court reviews death penalty of man who beheaded wife
2017/09/21   Court eyes Massachusetts church-state dispute
2017/09/19   With 2 in 3 months, Ohio executions could be back on track
2017/09/16   3 bank customers in Germany fined for ignoring collapsed man
2017/09/02   Court: DirecTV owes $15M to South Carolina in tax dispute
2017/08/31   Israeli protesters erect golden statue of High Court chief
2017/08/08   UK court increases sentence for surgeon who maimed patients
2017/08/05   Man suspected in Indiana officer's killing due in court
2017/08/01   Spanish court backs extradition of Russian programmer to US
2017/07/31   Ronaldo tells judge he has 'never tried to avoid taxes'
2017/06/24   D.C. on edge: rumors of new Supreme Court vacancy swirl
2017/06/20   Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map
2017/06/19   Court: 'JudgeCutie' nickname doesn't ruffle judicial dignity
2017/06/06   High court limits seizure of assets from drug conspiracies
2017/06/03   In one state, abused animals get a legal voice in court
2017/05/23   Playboy model who shot nude of unwitting woman due in court
2017/05/21   Ohio Supreme Court justice backs legalizing marijuana
2017/05/11   Effort to block Confederate statue's removal goes to court
2017/04/19   Austrian court: ex-Croatian general guilty of embezzlement
2017/04/13   Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures
2017/03/27   Court bars release of videos made by anti-abortion group
2017/03/15   Polish court issues arrest warrant for US man in Nazi case
2017/02/26   Lawmakers want Supreme Court review of voting law continued
2017/02/08   Court upholds guilty verdict for Russian opposition leader
2017/01/17   Supreme Court considers suit over 2001 detention of Muslims
2017/01/13   High court: Israel must explain lack of access to holy site
2017/01/08   Man who escaped from Rhode Island prison to appear in court
2017/01/07   Former Haitian rebel leader due in US court on drug charges
2016/11/21   Nevada high court considering email public records question
2016/11/15   ICC prosecutors: US forces may have committed war crimes
2016/11/11   Hawaii Supreme Court affirms Maui solar telescope permit
2016/10/15   Former Ohio officer charged with murder due back in court
2016/10/08   Moscow court orders paper to refute a report on Rosneft CEO
2016/09/30   USC football player accused of rape appears in Utah court
2016/09/26   Court asks judges to respond to Louisiana sheriff's claims
2016/08/26   Judge in Stanford swimmer case switching to civil court
2016/08/25   California court decision keeps teacher tenure protections
2016/08/17   2 teens killed in Atlanta suburb: Man accused due in court
2016/08/16   'Whitey' Bulger asks US Supreme Court to hear his appeal
2016/08/09   Williams court cases decline, but caseload remains high
2016/08/07   Swedish court hands life sentences to 2 for gang shooting
2016/07/25   Monitor chosen to oversee Ferguson's police, court reforms
2016/07/12   Illinois’ court fees rising to cover special programs
2016/07/11   Thai military court adds to singer's jail term for insults
2016/05/25   Hulk Hogan, Gawker back in court in Florida
2016/05/24   US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law
2016/05/21   Indiana court to hear woman's appeal of feticide conviction
2016/04/30   High court won't step into Mich. dispute over harness racing
2016/04/17   Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google's online library
2016/04/16   Despite court ruling, China gay rights movement makes gains
2016/04/11   Court sends part of Wisconsin voter ID case back to judge
2016/04/04   Court upholds total population count in electoral districts
2016/03/26   Supreme Court rejects Blagojevich appeal in corruption case
2016/03/14   RNC launches campaign to oppose Obama's Supreme Court pick
2016/02/17   Court declines stay in redistricting; Congress elections off
2016/02/13   Court gunman's children face sentencing for cyberstalking
2016/02/01   Court weighs practice of Christian prayers at meetings
2016/01/19   Rome court acquits ex-Vatican accountant of corruption
2015/12/21   ACLU to appeal court ruling in Missouri drug testing case
2015/12/20   Polish court convicts chemist of planning parliament attack
2015/12/15   Ex-Illinois guardsman pleads guilty in Islamic State plot
2015/12/10   Finland court jails Iraqi twins suspected of IS killing
2015/11/28   South African appeals court nears Pistorius ruling
2015/11/25   High court directs Andhra Pradesh government to prepare summer plan
2015/11/13   Lufthansa cancels 930 flights Wednesday due to strike
2015/11/06   Kansas Supreme Court to take up school funding case
2015/10/27   Court: Therapy dog didn't sway jury against sex offender
2015/10/08   Virginia executes serial killer who claimed to be disabled
2015/10/07   Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda
2015/10/04   High court weighs 3 death sentences in Kansas cases
2015/09/15   Ohio court: Wording of pot legalization ballot is misleading
2015/09/03   Court cuts prison sentence for Memphis 'sovereign citizen'
2015/08/16   Pistorius prosecutors file appeal at Supreme Court
2015/08/13   Federal court: Anti-Muslim group can't post ads on buses
2015/08/11   Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case
2015/08/08   Court: Lawsuit over Arkansas killing by cop may proceed
2015/07/18   Court Halts Execution Of Tyler Woman's Killer
2015/07/08   US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay
2015/06/28   Kansas court rules against parts of state school funding law
2015/06/26   Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide
2015/06/18   Iowa court allows remote dispensing of abortion pill
2015/06/02   German court cancels session in Auschwitz guard trial
2015/05/16   Attorney: Court orders release of anti-nuclear activists
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Israel revokes permit of Palestinian foreign minister
Court Watch | 2021/03/21 17:03
Israel on Sunday revoked the VIP permit of the Palestinian foreign minister after he returned to the West Bank from a trip to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Israeli and Palestinian officials confirmed.

The move appeared to be Israeli retaliation for Palestinian support for the ICC’s war crimes investigation against Israel.

A Palestinian official said Foreign Minister Riad Malki was stopped Sunday as he entered the West Bank from Jordan through the Israeli-controlled crossing. Malki’s VIP card was seized, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing a sensitive diplomatic issue. Losing the VIP status makes it harder for him to move through Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank, and traveling abroad will require Israeli permission.

Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, confirmed the incident, but directed questions to the Shin Bet security agency, which declined comment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office declined comment.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced earlier this month that she was opening an investigation  into possible war crimes by Israel committed in the occupied West Bank and blockaded Gaza Strip.

The investigation is expected to look at the Israeli military’s conduct in a 2014 war against Hamas militants and during months of mass protests along Gaza’s frontier with Israel in which dozens of Palestinian were killed or wounded by Israeli gunfire. Israel has said its actions were legitimate acts of defense.

The probe also is set to examine Israel’s settlement policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians for a hoped-for independent state.

According to the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, Malki met with Bensouda last Thursday and urged her to expedite the investigations “to end the era of impunity and to start the path of accountability” of Israel.

The investigation was launched in response to a request by the Palestinians, who joined the court in 2015 after being granted nonmember observer status in the U.N. General Assembly.

Israel has fiercely condemned the investigation, accusing the ICC of bias and saying it has no jurisdiction since the Palestinians do not have a state. Israel is not a member of the ICC, but its citizens could be subject to arrest abroad if warrants are issued.

The court said last week it has sent formal notices to both sides about the impending investigation, giving them a month to seek deferral  by proving they are carrying out their own investigations.



Labor unions to hand out masks outside House sessions
Court Watch | 2021/02/24 04:03
Labor union members plan to hand out personal protective equipment outside the sports complex where members of the New Hampshire House will be meeting this week.

The 400-member House is meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Bedford, where they will sit 10 to 12 feet apart to prevent spread of COVID-19. Democrats with serious medical conditions went to court seeking remote access to the sessions, but a federal judge declined Monday to order  Republican Speaker Sherm Packard to accommodate them.

While the House will provide members with masks and hand sanitizer, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the AFL-CIO of New Hampshire also will be at the facility’s entrances with similar supplies, including mask and gloves.

One New Hampshire school is planning to hold remote learning for two weeks following the winter vacation, despite Gov. Chris Sununu’s executive order requiring schools to offer in-person instruction to all students for at least two days, starting March 8.

The decision regarding Profile School in Bethlehem, which would be in effect as of March 1, is not expected to conflict with the order, Kim Koprowski, chairperson of the school board, said Monday, the Caledonian-Record reported. The school serves students in grades 7 through 12.

“My understanding of it is there were a handful of schools in the state that are totally remote and he is trying to push those to go to two days a week,” she said. “Since we have been doing that all year, we’ve been face to face, with the exception of a remote period. You could call us hybrid. We should be good.”

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with the state Education Department. The executive order allows schools to return to remote learning for 48 hours if necessary due to COVID-19 infections. After that, state approval would be required.

Koprowski said that although COVID-19 numbers are trending down, “they are still not at the level they were last fall before Thanksgiving and Christmas.”


Polish court rules record compensation for wrongful jailing
Court Watch | 2021/02/10 21:18
A Polish court on Monday ordered a record high compensation of nearly 13 million zlotys ($3.4 million) to a man who had spent 18 years in prison for a rape and murder of a teenager he didn’t commit.

Tomasz Komenda’s case has shocked Poland, and the right-wing government highlighted it as an example of why it says the justice system needs the deep changes it has been implementing.

Komenda, now in his mid-40s was arrested in 2000 over a 1997 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl at a New Year’s village disco party. He was initially handed a 15-year prison term, which was later increased to 25 years, despite him protesting his innocence.

As a result of family efforts, the prosecutors reviewed the case and came to the conclusion that he couldn’t have committed the crime. Komenda was cleared after DNA tests, among other factors, showed that he wasn’t involved.

Komenda was acquitted of all charges and released in 2018, having wrongfully served 18 years of his term. He had been seeking 19 million zlotys ($5 million) in damages and in compensation.

A court in Opole ruled Monday that he should receive most of that amount — the highest ever compensation awarded in Poland. The verdict is subject to appeal.

Two other men have been convicted and handed 25-year prison terms in the 1997 case.  Komenda’s story was told in 2020 Polish movie “25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda.”



Dutch court orders Shell Nigeria to compensate farmers
Court Watch | 2021/01/30 06:35
In a victory for environmentalists and Nigerians whose land was polluted by oil leaks, a Dutch appeals court ordered energy giant Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary Friday to compensate farmers in two villages for damage to their land caused by leaks in 2004 and 2005.

Friends of the Earth Netherlands director Donald Pols hailed the ruling as a victory for small communities hurt by huge companies.

“Up until this morning, Dutch multinationals could act with impunity in developing countries ... and this has changed now,” Pols said. “From this moment onwards, Dutch multinationals will be held accountable for their activities and their actions in developing countries. And that’s an enormous victory for the rights of law globally.”

The amount of compensation paid to three farmers in the villages will be established at a later date.

The Hague Court of Appeal held Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary liable for two leaks that spewed oil over an area of a total of about 60 football pitches (soccer fields) in two villages, saying that it could not be established “beyond a reasonable doubt” that saboteurs were to blame. Under Nigerian law, which was applied in the Dutch civil case, the company is not liable if the leaks were the result of sabotage.

One of the farmers involved in the case, Eric Dooh, called the decision a victory “for the entire Niger Delta region. The victory is for the Ogoni people. Victory for all that stood by our side, both Blacks and whites.”

The Hague appeals court ruled that sabotage was to blame for an oil leak in another village; however, it said that the issue of whether Shell can be held liable “remains open” and the case will be continued as the court wants clarification about the extent of the pollution and whether it still has to be cleaned up.

The court also ruled that Dutch-based mother company Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary must fit a leak-detection system to a pipeline that caused one of the spills.

The decision, which can be appealed to the Dutch Supreme Court, is the latest stage in a case that is breaking new legal ground in how far multinationals in the Netherlands can be held responsible for actions of their overseas subsidiaries.


Appeals court vacates order delaying woman’s execution
Court Watch | 2021/01/03 01:58
A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the only woman on federal death row to be executed before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The ruling, handed down Friday by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, concluded that a lower court judge erred when he vacated Lisa Montgomery’s execution date in an order last week.

U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss had ruled the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled Montgomery’s execution and he vacated an order from the director of the Bureau of Prisons scheduling her death for Jan. 12.

Montgomery had been scheduled to be put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, in December, but Moss delayed the execution after her attorneys contracted coronavirus visiting their client and asked him to extend the time to file a clemency petition.

Moss concluded that the under his order the Bureau of Prisons could not even reschedule Montgomery’s execution until at least Jan. 1. But the appeals panel disagreed.

Meaghan VerGow, an attorney for Montgomery, said her legal team would ask for the full appeals court to review the case and said Montgomery should not be executed on Jan. 12.

Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004. She used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then cut the baby girl from the womb with a kitchen knife, authorities said. Montgomery took the child with her and attempted to pass the girl off as her own, prosecutors said.

Montgomery’s lawyers have argued that their client suffers from serious mental illnesses. Biden opposes the death penalty and his spokesman, TJ Ducklo, has said he would work to end its use. But Biden has not said whether he will halt federal executions after he takes office Jan. 20.


Hong Kongers charged in China plead guilty, relatives told
Court Watch | 2020/12/29 20:32
Relatives of the 10 Hong Kongers accused of fleeing the city by speedboat during a government crackdown on dissent say they've been informed that their family members pleaded guilty, according to a support group.

The families of the detainees were informed by court-appointed lawyers Tuesday that a court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen will deliver the verdicts on Wednesday, according to the 12 Hongkongers Concern Group, which is assisting the families.

It was not clear whether the 10 would also be sentenced on Wednesday, but Chinese courts often issue sentences at the same time as verdicts.

The 10 defendants all faced charges of illegally crossing the border, while two of them faced additional charges of organizing the attempt, according to an indictment issued in Shenzhen. The trials began on Monday afternoon, according to a statement issued by the Shenzhen Yantian District court.

Separate hearings were expected for two minors who were also aboard the boat that was apparently heading for Taiwan when it was stopped by the Chinese coast guard on Aug. 23.

The defendants are believed to have feared they would be prosecuted for their past activities in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Hong Kong media reports said at least one may have had a warrant out for his arrest under a tough new national security law imposed on the semi-autonomous territory by Beijing in June.

Relatives of the defendants say that they have been prevented from hiring their own lawyers and that the accusations are politically motivated. The defendants can be sentenced to up to a year in prison for crossing the border and seven years for organizing the trip.

They were picked up after entering mainland Chinese waters for crossing the maritime border without permission. While Hong Kong is part of China, travelers must still pass through immigration when going to and from the mainland. The defendants apparently needed to pass through Chinese waters to get to open seas.


German arrest order for Panama Papers lawyers faces hurdle
Court Watch | 2020/10/23 11:23
A German arrest order for two Panamanian lawyers whose firm was at the center of an international tax evasion scandal faces a substantial obstacle: Panama’s constitution prohibits the extradition of its citizens.

Juergen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca are sought by Cologne prosecutors on charges of being an accessory to tax evasion and forming a criminal organization.  “They have constitutional protection,” Alvin Weeden, a lawyer in Panama, said Wednesday. “Technically, there’s no possibility.”

Mossack and Fonseca already face prosecution in Panama and are prohibited from leaving the country while out on bond after spending two months in jail. That case stems from allegations they helped create a corporation to hide money used for bribes by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht as well as fallout from the so-called Panama Papers scandal.

The Panama Papers include a collection of 11 million secret financial documents leaked in 2016 that illustrated how some of the world’s richest people hide their money. It brought scrutiny to a number of world leaders and was a hit to Panama’s reputation.

Interpol’s office in Panama did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether it had received an alert from German authorities about the case in Germany against Mossack and Fonseca.

In a statement, Mossack and Fonseca said their firm had sold corporations to a German bank that later resold them to clients. They said they had nothing to do with subsequent transactions.

“If one these ultimate beneficiaries evaded taxes in their country or committed some other crime using a corporation created by us, that is totally out of our control and knowledge,” said the statement issued by their lawyer in Panama, Guillermina McDonald. “We follow all of the processes required by regulators of our industry in their moment.”

Mossack and Fonseca announced the closure of their offices in Panama and elsewhere in the world in March 2018.

In the statement Tuesday night, they said they were willing to continue collaborating with investigations in any part of the world. McDonald said she did not know if they would be willing to appear before German authorities. Mossack and Fonseca maintain the German case is part of continuing efforts by the European Union to discredit them. In February, the European Union again included Panama on a list of countries that are tax havens.



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