Press release about the opening of the second phase of the course on financial investigations and asset recovery (Astana, 24 October 2016)

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Today in Astana with the participation of Deputy Prosecutor General Andrei Kravchenko, there was an opening of the second phase of a specialized workshop on financial investigations and recovery of stolen assets.

The rector of the Academy of law enforcement agencies under the General Prosecutor’s officeUlan Baizhanov, Assistant Secretary of State of the USA for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield, US Ambassador to KazakhstanGeorge Krol, Head of the Management on fight against drugs and crime of the United Nations (UNODC, Vienna ) Tofik Murshudlu, Officer for political Affairs of the Office programs of the OSCE in Astana Colin MakKallau and Kazakh analysts, investigators, prosecutors and judges took part at the opening of the seminar.

Opening the event, Andrei Kravchenko stressed the uniqueness and importance of the training course in the field of financial investigations, particularly within the framework of the project implemented by the General Prosecutor’sOffice "Return of stolen assets from abroad." The gained knowledge and skills at the same time find their practical application.

The seminar is aimed at the development of interdepartmentaland international cooperation with competent authorities of other countries to improve the traceability, freezing and return of stolen assets. The courses will be held for five days. Experts from Italy, Austria, the US and Israel, including the Deputy Prosecutor Generalof Israel Mr.Yahud Shafferare invitedas the lecturers.

In addition to the training of investigators and prosecutors, it provides systematic measures aimed at creating a methodological and regulatory framework of law enforcement for effective work on recover stolen assets from abroad.

In addition, it is planned the accession of General Prosecutor’s office to the global network of information exchange on asset recovery - «CARIN» in Europe and «ARIN-AP» in Asia. The request to join the project "Initiative for the return of stolen assets -« StAR »World Bank and the UNis sent, Deputy Prosecutor General AndreyKravchenko noted.

AndreyKravchenko thanked the guest, lectures - international experts for their participation in this training seminar and active cooperation. Exchange of knowledge, experience and skills in this format will serve as a basis for conduct high-quality and effective investigations of financial crimes.

In the course of the meeting, the Deputy Prosecutor General Andrei Kravchenko, rector of the Academy Ulan Baizhanov, Assistant Secretary of State ofUSAWilliam Brownfield and US Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol discussed issues of further bilateral legal cooperation in the field of countering of financial crimes, terrorism and extremism, money laundering, got in the criminal way.

It is worth noting that, the first part of the course - seminarof the basic level on financial investigations and training for trainers there was in early October of the current year with the participation of 24 specially selected employees of law enforcement and fiscal authorities specializing in financial crimes.

Press Service of General Prosecutor's Office 


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