Successful asset recovery depends on thorough and credible investigation and, in multijurisdictional cases, on the willingness to share evidence through both formal and informal channels.
Training is crucial to boost the knowledge and skills of investigators and prosecutors in the use of the latest tools and techniques in the investigation and to share international best practices.
INTERPOL has committed itself through the statement made in the Conferences of State Parties to UNCAC held in Marrakesh (2011) and Panama (2013), to offer technical assistance and capacity building workshops to its member countries.
This initiative is offered through a programme known as the INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery, which is regularly implemented on a regional basis.
Conducted over five working days, these training workshops are delivered by eminent investigators, audit and accounting specialists and financial experts, in partnership with national anti-corruption and financial crime authorities from INTERPOL member countries.
The topics covered in these training workshops include:
- Abuse of official function or position by public official;
- Corruption in contracting and procurements;
- Corruption in exploitation of natural resources;
- Corruption in infrastructural projects;
- Computer and mobile forensics as tools for investigation and extraction of evidence from electronic tools and networks;
- Disproportionate assets of public officials;
- Forensic accounting and asset tracking;
- Fraud in the corporate sector;
- Recovery and repatriation of criminal proceeds;
- Formal Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) and its common requirements.
Since the launch of this programme in February 2012, seven regional training workshops have benefited more than 300 investigators and prosecutors from some 50 countries in Asia and Africa.
- February 2014, New Delhi, India
- October 2013, Abuja, Nigeria
- July 2013, Nadi, Fiji
- December 2012, Nairobi, Kenya
- November 2012, New Delhi, India
- October 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- February 2012, New Delhi, India
In 2014 and onwards, the programme will be consolidated in existing areas and introduced to countries in the Middle East and the Americas.