26 October 2018 - The significant reduction of illicit financial and arms flows, the strengthening of the recovery and return of stolen assets and combating all forms of organized crime is one of the targets of Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) of the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
In this regard, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) collaborates with the member states in the fight against money laundering from different angles, including actions for prevention in public and private sector and investigation and the prosecution of criminal cases, especially those proceeds from drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and corruption, as well as the promotion of asset recovery and international cooperation.
Within the different activities of the International Day for the Prevention of Money Laundering, the UNODC Office of Representation for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN), in the framework of the Project CRIMJUST, supports prosecutors and judicial officers to investigate money laundering cases through providing efficient tools such as the document "Doctrine and Jurisprudence Summary in Money Laundering for the Republic of Panama".
This document points out that the management of the doctrine and jurisprudence is fundamental for the strengthening of the rule of law since it defines the legislation scope and its essence, which translates into legal security and the establishment of jurisdictional policies for the resolution of similar situations.
As a tool designed to strengthen skills and capabilities of prosecutors, defenders and judges, the document also aims to support the criminal procedure reform that has been taking place in the Republic of Panama in recent years due to the adoption of the adversarial system, given that this requires new skills for the litigants (prosecutors or defenders) to properly address cases during hearings and provide quality information to the judges who must make decisions based on law and with the jurisprudence support.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by European Union Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
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