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01 December 2017

Strengthening corruption investigation skills focus of INTERPOL workshops

LYON, France – Conducting effective international investigations into corruption and related financial crimes was the focus of INTERPOL training courses in Africa and the Middle East.

Topics of discussion during the 18th and 19th INTERPOL Global Programmes on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery in Namibia (20-24 November) and Bahrain (28-30 November) included anti-money laundering tools, asset recovery techniques, evidence management, challenges in applying regional and international protocols, and INTERPOL’s anti-corruption policing capabilities.

Some 70 senior investigators, judges and prosecutors from 11 countries attended the two training courses to share experiences and best practices for investigating cases of corruption and recovering stolen assets.

Practical exercises and case studies on financial crime analysis and asset recovery allowed the participants to apply their newly learned skills to real-life scenarios.

Anti-corruption and financial crime experts from INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and national anti-corruption and prosecution agencies shared their expertise during the training workshops.

The workshops were coordinated by INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption unit in partnership with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Namibia and the General Directorate of Anti-Corruption, Economic and Electronic Security of Bahrain. Both workshops were primarily funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

Countries participating in the training sessions were Bahrain, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.