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GIABA to hold seminar on economic, financial crimes

Jun 10, 2010, 4:15 PM | Article By: Sainey MK Marenah

In line with its mandate to facilitate the implementation of measures against money laundering and terrorist financing in accordance with acceptable international standards, GIABA functions as a forum for member states to discuss matters of regional interest and share experiences.

GIABA, in collaboration with its development partners, organises seminars for Judges, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcement Officers in the sub-region to keep them abreast with typologies of organised crimes, particularly, money laundering and terrorist financing.

Thus GIABA, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat, is organising a regional seminar for Judges from Anglophone member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 14 to 16 June, 2010, at the Sheraton Hotel in Brufut, The Gambia.

The seminar, which is the fifth in a series of seminars organised by GIABA for Anglophone and Francophone West African Judges, is targeted at judicial officers, who are adjudicating, or are likely to adjudicate on cases involving financial crime or other forms of transnational organised crimes.

It is aimed at providing a forum for the Judges to discuss and share experience, as well as enhance their understanding of current international developments in economic and financial crimes, particularly money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF).

The seminar will also sensitise the Judges on their role in adjudicating ML/TF matters in their respective countries, as well as provide an opportunity for the Judges to learn from, and network with their counterparts from other countries.

Participants shall include 21 Court of Appeal and High Court Judges, who are involved in the adjudication of corruption, economic and financial crimes cases in Ghana, The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.