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21 September 2015

INTERPOL training in Senegal tackles corruption and financial crimes

DAKAR, Senegal – Overcoming challenges to the successful investigation and prosecution of corruption-related cases was the focus of an INTERPOL workshop in Senegal.

The 13th Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery gathered some 36 senior investigators, judges and prosecutors from eight countries in the region to share experiences and best practices for investigating cases of corruption and recovering stolen assets.

The five-day (14-18 September) workshop was coordinated by INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes unit in partnership with the US Department of Justice and the Senegalese Office National de la lutte contre la Fraude et la Corruption (OFNAC).

Topics discussed during the workshop included corruption and money laundering, best practices in managing digital evidence in corruption and asset recovery cases, international cooperation in corruption and asset recovery investigations, and the management of seized and recovered assets.

In her opening address, Nafy Ngom Keita, President of OFNAC said: “In a situation where criminals continually deploy new processes to squander public resources, training to adapt the skills and competencies of practitioners in the fight against corruption and related offenses becomes imperative.”

Anti-corruption and financial crime experts from INTERPOL, the FBI, US Department of Justice, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Basel Institute on Governance and national anti-corruption and prosecution agencies shared their expertise.

Jim Anderson, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes unit, urged countries to work together to chart the way in fighting corruption through targeting the proceeds of the crime.

Participants came from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.