Trying money laundering cases in court

A regional workshop was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on "Trying Money Laundering Cases in Court" on 14-19 August. It was organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central Asia (UNODC ROCA), within the framework of its Global Legal Advisory Programme, in cooperation with the "Research Centre on Democratization and Liberalization of Judicial Legislation and Ensuring Independence of Judicial System within the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan".  Forty judges and prosecutors  attended the seminar representing the judiciary and law enforcement agencies: Financial Investigation Units from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine; the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan and OSCE. Participants discussed  international Anti Money Laundering standards and good practice; exchanged their legislative and casework experience related to trying money laundering cases; and considered how best to strengthen international cooperation in this field.

Two and a half days of productive discussion and interactive exchange allowed them to identify the challenges in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating money laundering cases and to share recommendations on each other's legislation and enforcement practice. This seminar also provided an important forum for participants to develop a network for future communication and collaboration.