Bloomberg Law: Threats Against Embassy Case Closed After Years in Wrong Venue

May 17, 2023

A federal government case against Nabil Ali Madzarac, accused of threatening members of the Libyan Embassy in Washington via a Facebook messenger app video, was dismissed with prejudice on Monday after a district court ruled that the US “pursued the defendant in the wrong venue to adjudicate the offenses.” Judge Royce C. Lamberth said, “To negotiate a resolution while the defendant was indicted in this District, knowing that the case would not be taken to trial, is precisely the improper purpose barred by” Rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.”  O’Melveny & Myers LLP represented Madzarac. The pro bono legal team included partner Ben Singer, and counsel Alix Sandman, and associates Hope Blain and Molly Edgar.

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