March 2018

The training brought together all anti-money laundering partners including judges, prosecutors, financial analysts and the police

To heighten the understanding of investigation and prosecution of money laundering crimes, five leading partners including Tetra Tech’s INL-funded Justice Sector Assistance Project (JSAP) program came together to conduct a two-day training (November 19-20, 2017) for 26 prosecutors, judges, police and financial analysts focusing on money laundering cases. Other participants included the European Union Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS), the United States Agency for International Development’s Enhanced Palestinian Justice Program, the Financial Follow-up Unit (FFU) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

The training was opened and facilitated by Antonio Pastore, Prosecution Expert for EUPOL COPPS; Najat Brigui, Chief Prosecutor at the AGO’s Economic Crimes Unit; Wael Lafi, Director of the FFU and Emery Adoradio, JSAP’s Chief of Team (COT). The facilitators each presented case studies of actual money laundering cases from Palestine, Italy and the United States.

The training was hailed as a success for bringing together all the key anti-money laundering stakeholders and presenting a best practice model in donor-beneficiary cooperation. Chief Prosecutor Brigui stated, “This event is exceptional as it brings together all parties in money laundering cases to discuss the unification of concepts, best practices, and the requirements for building an integrated and complete case that can be presented before the judiciary.”

The FFU Director stressed that, “No party can investigate and prosecute money laundering crimes alone.” He further highlighted the significance of this training as an opportunity for joint action in the fight against money laundering offences, which in the end deprives offenders of benefiting from the proceeds of crime. JSAP’s COT applauded the participation of donor agencies and Palestinian stakeholders. He also emphasized the importance of discussing local jurisdictional issues in money laundering cases.

At the end of the training, the participants developed recommendations for prosecution and investigation of money laundering cases and future steps necessary to develop law enforcement capacity in combating these crimes.

Abdel-Rahman Hussein, Conciliation Judge in Jenin stated, “Through the training, the money laundering investigation and prosecution process was clarified.” Another participant, Needa’ Hasheesh, a Financial Analyst in the FFU stated, “The training was excellent and I learned new information on the process that the public prosecution follows to manage cases until a verdict is issued by the court. The practical exercises on cases from the U.S. and Italy were definitely an added value as money laundering transcends borders and as cases are similar everywhere despite differences in money laundering laws.”

 

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