UNIOGBIS Section for Combating Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime (CDTOC) conducts Training for Instructors on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
The purpose of the training is to increase capacities of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and judges to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate crimes of money laundering, which is a critical element to prevent and combat drug trafficking and organized crime.
Among the presenters will be the Vice- Prosecutor General Dra. Teresa Alexandrina da Silva, Appeal Judge Dr. Aimadu Sawané, representatives of INTERPOL, CENTIF and the Judicial Police, as well as Dr. Gustavo Rabay, a money laundering expert from the Brazilian National Police.
“For the Government of Guinea Bissau to efficiently prevent and combat drug trafficking and organizes crime, addressing the issue of money laundering and confiscating the proceeds of the crime remains critical. To succeed, there must be more coherence, coordination and efficiency among institutions and relevant partners to increase their collective efforts”, said Boma Jack, Chief of CDTOC section addressing the 50 participants from law enforcement agencies, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Supreme Court and Customs.
“We believe that the country will have much to gain if local authorities are sensitized and mobilized in an integrated and closely coordinated manner and cooperation against money laundering that often masks illicit activities such as drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, corruption and even the financing of terrorism”, she added.
“Tackling crimes with international repercussions is not an easy job, so there is need to provide the institutions well versed in this fight with the necessary conditions to be up to this fight.With this, I want to assure you that CENTIF will continue to do its work within the competences reserved to it by law, analyzing suspicious transactions and, if necessary, drafting and submitting reports to the Public Prosecution Office to proceed with criminal processes,” added Justino Sá, CENTIF’s president, while thanking UNIOGBIS for this opportunity.
This activity is held part of UNIOGBIS mandate to provide strategic and technical advice and support to the Government of Guinea-Bissau to combat drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, in close cooperation with UNODC.