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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 Union, the five-day (20 – 24 April) asset recovery and money laundering investigation course was focused on corruption-related issues.

“This event is the result of the shared commitment of GAFILAT, the European Union and INTERPOL to combat the crime of money laundering and organized crime and to deliver the results required by the public,” said Ricardo Gil Iribarne, Director of the GAFILAT/EU Project.

The project, which was initiated in 2014 and will run until October 2015, was developed following the analysis of training needs in relation to money laundering issues in Latin American countries.

“We are delivering a service to our member countries by ensuring investigators have the training and access they need to specialists in this field, and we will continue these efforts as part of our cooperation with the GAFILAT/EU project,” said Rafael Peña, head of the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Buenos Aires.

The course, hosted by the Chilean Investigative Police, was attended by representatives from 12 countries; Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Spain and Uruguay.