The UNODC Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants (GPAS), the UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) partnered with the Cameroon National Agency For Financial Investigation (ANIF) to deliver a first workshop on money laundering related to proceeds from the smuggling of migrants. The design, development and delivery of this pilot workshop were funded by the Government of France.
The workshop was attended by twenty participants from a wide range of national agencies involved in combating money laundering and/or the smuggling of migrants, including the Customs Authority, Immigration Authority, Criminal Investigation Units, Gendarmerie, Public Prosecution, and the ANIF.
The workshop was officially opened and closed by Hubert Nde Sambona, the Director of the National Agency For Financial Investigation (ANIF). Topics discussed at the workshop were: (i) international framework to combat money laundering and the smuggling of migrants; (ii) key elements of the crime and investigative techniques; (iii) key actors involved in money laundering and smuggling of migrants; (iv) financial investigation to assist successful money laundering investigations and the confiscation of assets derived from migrants smuggling; and (v) international cooperation to combat both crimes.
The workshop successfully raised awareness on both crimes and investigative techniques thereto. The need for the establishment of multi-disciplinary teams to undertake investigation of the substantive offences and the money laundering elements was emphasized by the UNODC experts and the workshop was perceived as a first step towards this end. To support the learning process and actively involve participants, they worked through a case study involving elements of smuggling of migrants and money laundering. The participants could draw on their own experience and expertise, exchange good practices, identify elements of the crime and suggest investigation leads to build a case for prosecution.
Through this exercise, the participants also saw the benefit of cooperating with colleagues from other agencies. UNODC will continue to work on cross-cutting issues, including through capacity building activities to support States' implementation of the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.
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