16. September 2014

Tanzania workshop on recovering the proceeds from wildlife and forest crimes

From 8 –12 September 2014, the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of South Africa (ARINSA), the United Nations Office on Drugs (UNODC) and the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) conducted a joint workshop for prosecutors and investigators on Recovering the Proceeds from Wildlife and Forest Crimes in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The workshop programme was designed to strengthen the capacity of prosecutors and investigators in recovering proceeds from wildlife and forest crimes. Some 60 participants from a number of government agencies of Tanzania attended the workshop.

The five-day programme incorporated practical and inter-active training sessions, based on potentially real life case scenarios, on relevant topics including, for example, applying search warrants to obtain financial documents, preparing production orders and restraining orders, drafting indictments in illicit trade of wildlife and money laundering cases, preparing requests for mutual legal assistance, preparing both criminal and civil forfeiture/confiscation orders, as well as effecting the enforcement of such forfeiture and confiscation orders.

Fitz-Roy Drayton, Advisor of ARINSA, Lindsey McNally, Criminal Justice Advisor of the British High Commission of Tanzania, and Kodjo Attisso, Asset Recovery Specialist of ICAR, facilitated the training workshop.