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International asset recovery

The Global Focal Point Initiative

The theft of public assets by corrupt public officials and political leaders has a major impact on society, particularly in developing countries. It diverts money from services such as healthcare and education, it erodes public trust and threatens governance.

The process of asset recovery is complex, time consuming and often frustrating. As stolen assets are often concealed in foreign jurisdictions, there is a clear need for concerted action on a global level.

Following endorsement from INTERPOL’s General Assembly, we are developing initiative to trace, seize and return stolen public funds to the country of origin.

The Global Focal Point Network

The Global Focal Point Network on Asset Recovery provides a secure information exchange platform for criminal asset recovery. Authorized law enforcement officers from each member country are designated as “Focal Points” to respond to the immediate needs for assistance from any other member country in asset recovery. 

The immediate strategic objective of this initiative is to respond to concerns of asset freezing, seizing, confiscating and recovering stolen assets. A continuing objective is to facilitate secure exchange of sensitive information among the Focal Points who are from anti-corruption and asset recovery agencies.

As of April 2014, a total of 192 national investigators and prosecutors from 105 countries had been nominated as Focal Points.

Products and services available

Through INTERPOL secure channels, registered Focal Points can access:

  • Information and contact details of Focal Points from other jurisdictions;
  • Legislative, administrative, investigative and judicial frameworks for member countries;
  • A knowledge library;
  • All valid INTERPOL Notices published for corruption-related offences;
  • INTERPOL Notices to freeze assets;
  • A 24-Hour Initial Action Checklist for an asset recovery investigation.

In addition, we share regionally-based case studies, best practices and guidelines with our member countries through the INTERPOL Library of Best Practices, produced by the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption.

INTERPOL Secure Communications for Asset Recovery (I-SECOM)

As many as two-thirds of the registered Focal Points  do not have secure email systems, which means many are reluctant to exchange information via email.

With the launch in July 2013 of a new INTERPOL system known as I-SECOM, for the first time the specialized anti-corruption community has a secure web-based email capability. This password-protected, encrypted channel encourages the exchange of sensitive data and will contribute to the success of current and future investigations.

Partners: combined expertise

The Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative provides knowledge input to the Platform. StAR is run jointly by the World Bank and UNODC.

Registration

Membership of the Global Focal Point Network is open to all INTERPOL member countries. Applicants should be from law enforcement, judiciary or an administrative authority with a focus on asset recovery or corruption in general.

Applicants must be:

  • Nominated and authenticated by the Head of the national agency in which they are working;
  • Authorized by the Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in their country.

For further information, please contact INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption unit.

News
04 June 2015

Combating corruption in the forestry sector focus of INTERPOL training in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Anti-corruption investigators and forestry law enforcement officials from across Southeast Asia have gathered in Malaysia to strengthen collaboration and investigative skills, to more effectively fight corruption in the forestry sector.The 11th INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery was o...
13 May 2015

New INTERPOL notice could provide global link in targeting criminal assets

BERLIN, Germany – The development of new operational tools to assist law enforcement in tracing and recovering criminal assets was the focus of the INTERPOL Expert Working Group on the Identification, Location and Seizure of Assets.During its third and final meeting, the group outlined several recommendations including the creation of a new INTERPOL notic...
30 April 2015

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption and money laundering in Latin America

SANTIAGO, Chile – Enhancing skills in asset recovery and money laundering investigations was the focus of a specialized training course for law enforcement officers in Latin America.Part of an ongoing project coordinated by INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for South America and the Financial Action Group of Latin America (GAFILAT) supported by the European Unio...
30 January 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes

TALLINN, Estonia – Heads of anti-corruption agencies, senior investigators and prosecutors came together in Estonia for the 10th INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery to examine the challenges to successful investigations and prosecutions of corruption-related cases, and to discuss possible sol...
23 December 2014

Identifying new law enforcement tools to enhance asset tracing and recovery focus of INTERPOL meeting

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Identifying new mechanisms to assist law enforcement efforts in identifying and seizing criminal assets was the focus of an INTERPOL meeting at the United Nations headquarters.During the three-day (17 – 19 December) working group meeting some 90 experts from 32 countries and six international organizations, including a number of...
11 September 2014

INTERPOL-StAR conference aims to increase cooperation in asset recovery investigations

VIENNA, Austria – Ensuring asset recovery investigators have the tools and global support to carry out transnational investigations was the focus of the 5th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery in Vienna.More than 170 anti-corruption investigators and prosecutors from 79 countries attended the two-day (9 and 10 September) meeting, organized by...
11 March 2014

Italy Police Chief visit to INTERPOL focuses on enhancing law enforcement cooperation

LYON, France – During a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, examined areas in which Italy can strengthen its cooperation with the world police body.As Italy will hold the European Union presidency during the second half of 2014, Prefec...
14 February 2014

Combating corruption in business transactions focus of INTERPOL workshop

NEW DELHI, India – Heads of anti-corruption agencies, senior investigators and prosecutors have come together in India to discuss ways to successfully identify, investigate and prosecute cases of corruption in foreign business transactions at the 7th INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery.The five-day (10 – 14 Fe...

Global Focal Point Platform

Some 190 investigators and prosecutors from more than 100 countries make up this secure contacts database, and are available for emergency investigative assistance.

Registered Focal Points can access the Platform via INTERPOL's secure website.

Supported by INTERPOL and StAR

4th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery
3 - 5 July 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

3rd StAR-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Focal Points Meeting

  • 16-18 July 2012,
  • Amman, Jordan

1st StAR-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Focal Points Meeting

  • 14-15 December 2010,
  • Vienna, Austria