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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
13 mai 2015

Une nouvelle notice INTERPOL pourrait servir de courroie de transmission mondiale pour cibler les avoirs d’origine criminelle

BERLIN (Allemagne) – L’élaboration de nouveaux outils opérationnels pour aider les services chargés de l’application de la loi à localiser et à recouvrer les avoirs d’origine criminelle était au cœur de la réunion du Groupe de travail d’INTERPOL sur l’identification, la localisation et la saisie d’avoirs.Lors de sa troisième et dernière réunion, le groupe...
30 avril 2015

INTERPOL renforce la coopération en matière de lutte contre la corruption et le blanchiment de fonds en Amérique latine

SANTIAGO (Chili) – Améliorer les compétences en matière de recouvrement d’avoirs et d’enquêtes sur le blanchiment de fonds, tel était le thème principal d’une formation spécialisée à l’intention des services chargés de l’application de la loi en Amérique latine.  Organisée dans le cadre d’un projet actuellement mené par le Bureau régional INTERPOL...
30 janvier 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 décembre 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 septembre 2014

Conférence INTERPOL-StAR pour plus de coopération dans les enquêtes sur le recouvrement d’avoirs

VIENNE (Autriche) – Faire en sorte que les enquêteurs travaillant sur le recouvrement d’avoirs aient accès aux outils et au soutien mondial nécessaires pour mener des enquêtes transnationales était le thème central de la 5ème Conférence des points de contact internationaux pour le recouvrement d’avoirs, qui s’est tenue à Vienne.Plus de 170 enquêteurs et p...
11 mars 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 février 2014

La lutte contre la corruption dans les transactions commerciales, thème d’un atelier INTERPOL

NEW DELHI (Inde) – Des chefs de services anticorruption et des enquêteurs et procureurs chevronnés se sont réunis en Inde pour débattre des moyens qui leur permettront de déceler des faits de corruption dans les transactions commerciales internationales, d’enquêter sur ces faits et d’engager des poursuites, dans le cadre du 7ème Programme mondial INT...

Plateforme des points de contact internationaux

Plus de 100 pays alimentent cette base de données sécurisée. Il peut être fait appel aux points de contact enregistrés pour toute demande urgente d’assistance en matière d’enquêtes.
Avec l’appui d’INTERPOL et de 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