UNODC and Kazakh Law Enforcement Academy discusses outcomes of the needs assessment on parallel financial investigations

UNODC jointly with the Law Enforcement Academy under the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan (LEA Academy) conducted roundtable to present the main outcomes of the assessment on "Financial Investigations and Recovering Stolen Assets" in late April in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Department of State (INL), the purpose of the scientific research is to develop indicators for assessment of the evidence basis effectiveness provided by the foreign partners since the criminal origin and links of assets with the incriminated act of the convicted person. It is essential and necessary for law enforcement bodies to resolve asset recovery abroad.

The assessment was kicked off in early 2023 and is being conducted by the LEA Academy with the UNODC support.  The results of the research will contain detailed information of gaps, vulnerabilities, deficiencies, and needs of the financial investigation procedures and legal framework. Kazakhstan’s law enforcement agencies are actively involved in the research and participate in gathering information and provide practical cases for analysing of financial investigations procedures.

Some 50 representatives of the Law Enforcement Academy of Uzbekistan, and law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan (General Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Interior, Anti-Corruption Agency and National Security Committee) participated in  the roundtable.  They actively participated in  the discussions on the assessment, shared knowledge and exchanged their vision and needs.  

At the end of the discussions, LEA Academy highlighted that the research would help Kazakhstan's law enforcement agencies to enhance financial investigations procedures and establish effective mechanisms for  investigations and financial intelligence using a result-oriented approach.

UNODC, within its global mandates and within the framework of the "Programme for Central Asia for 2022-2025", provides ongoing technical assistance to Member States, including the Republic of Kazakhstan, in strengthening legal systems, policies and national strategies on anti-money laundering and the financing of terrorism (AML/CTF).


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