In March 2019, three officials in the DRC’s Electoral Commission (CENI) were added to US sanctions lists for “persistent corruption” and obstructing democratic elections in the DRC’s 2018 Presidential Election, see post. In a statement, the officials are challenging their designations on the basis that they are “unverifiable”, that military conflict caused the delay in the elections, and that measures were taken to ensure contracts for election-related technology were not affected by corruption. CENI also criticised the contradiction in the US’ response to the election by congratulating President Tshisekedi whilst sanctioning those who oversaw the electoral process.
Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...See profile for Michael O'Kane >