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France Upholds Graft Ruling Against Equatorial Guinea’s VP

A French court on Wednesday upheld the decision to charge Equatorial Guinea’s Vice-President, Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, for embezzlement and money laundering, paving the way for an estimated US$177 million in stolen assets to be returned to the poverty-stricken West African country.

Australia Prepares to Deport ‘Ndranghreta Leader to Italy

Once he becomes eligible for parole next month, Australia plans to deport convicted drug trafficker Francesco “Frank” Madafferi, who has been languishing in an Australian prison since 2014 for helping import from Naples, Italy, some 15 million ecstasy pills concealed in tomato tins.

Russia’s Media Regulator Blocks Navalny-Related Websites

A close associate of the incarcerated Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, said on Wednesday that Russian state prosecutors have urged a court to declare her guilty of violating COVID-19 safety standards and impose two years of limitations on her.

Bosnian Police Bust Drug Trafficking Network

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Border Police (GPBiH) seized on Sunday more than 6,000 hemp plants from a camp for the production and cultivation of marijuana near the country’s western city of Velika Kladuša.