INTERPOL Focuses on Strengthening Corruption Investigations

INTERPOL Focuses on Strengthening Corruption Investigations

INTERPOL has hosted two training courses in Africa and the Middle East focusing on conducting effective international investigations into corruption and related financial crimes.

Commonly known as INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization facilitates international police cooperation and offers technical and operational support to face the challenges of global crime.

The 18th and 19th INTERPOL Global Programmes on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery were held in Namibia on November 20-24, 2017 and Bahrain on November 28-30, 2017 and were attended by 70 senior investigators, prosecutors and judges from 11 countries.

Representatives from Bahrain and Zimbabwe were joined by delegates from Commonwealth countries Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia.

Anti-corruption and financial crime experts from INTERPOL, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and national prosecution and anti-corruption agencies also attended.

Participants shared experiences and best practices for corruption investigations and recovery of stolen assets, including discussing anti-money laundering tools, asset recovery techniques, challenges in the application of international and regional protocols, management of evidence, and INTERPOL’s anti-corruption policing capabilities.

Delegates then got the opportunity to apply newly learned skills on financial crime analysis and asset recovery to real-life scenarios within practical exercises and case studies.

Both workshops were funded primarily by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, and were coordinated by INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption unit in partnership with the General Directorate of Anti-Corruption, Economic and Electronic Security of Bahrain and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Namibia.

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