Pretoria – On 23 and 24 March 2009, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will be holding a conference dealing with criminal asset confiscation. The event is to be attended by prosecutors at DPP level and senior police officers, and will include representatives from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius and Tanzania.
Taking place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, delegates attending the conference will be considering the creation of a Network of Financial Investigators and Prosecutors specialising in the confiscation of the proceeds and instrumentalities of crime. The Network would encourage co-operation amongst members and establish closer operational partnerships with members of similar networks such as the Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN) comprising over thirty jurisdictions mostly from Europe and to which South Africa is an observer.
The event will be addresses by experts from South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (NPA AFU), CARIN, the joint UNODC/World Bank StAR Initiative (Stolen Assets Recovery) and UNODC.
The creation of this Network in the Southern African Region will be an important step in combating corruption, drug trafficking and other financial crimes many of which have a transnational nature and create special challenges for law enforcement officials.
Press representatives are welcome to attend the opening of the Conference at the Crystal Room, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria at 9 am on 23 March 2009
Enquiries should be directed to:
Clive G. Scott
Asset Forfeiture Advisor
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
C/- Office of the Prosecutor-General for the Republic of Namibia
T: +264 81 306 3373