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Mock trial against money-laundering and corruption in Cambodia

Phnom Penh (Cambodia), 4 May 2010
- A one-week training course on money-laundering and corruption was organized in Phnom Penh from 26 to 30 April 2010. A total of 45 participants gathered at the Ministry of Justice of Cambodia from government authorities: 10 police officers, 10 prosecutors and 10 judges from Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Riep, Svey Rieng, Kandal, B. Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Prasihanouk and Koh Kong provinces, 10 members of the Anti-Corruption Unit and 5 members of the Financial Intelligence Unit.

The objective of the mock trial was to create an appropriate training environment to enhance understanding, improve technical skills and facilitate discussion among judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement officials, in relation to cases of corruption and money-laundering offences.

The event offered an opportunity for all participants to exchange views of issues such as evidence admissibility and related procedural aspects.

"The trainees showed great involvement in the process throughout the course and they all left with a feeling of having improved their understanding of investigative techniques and practices on money-laundering and corruption offenses" said Chris Batt, UNODC Anti-Money Laundering Adviser for the Mekong Region. "The law on anti-money-laundering and combating the financing of terrorism was promulgated in 2007 and the Financial Intelligence Unit was established in January 2008; the new criminal code was voted in late 2009 while the Anti-Corruption Law was voted in early 2010. Cambodia is now confronted with the challenge of implementing the rule of law in an effective manner, and it was a common perception among the participants that this training took place at the right time".