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Training on asset recovery from illicit drug trafficking in Panama

Panama, March 19, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), through the project "Strengthening criminal justice investigation and criminal justice cooperation along drug trafficking routes" (CRIMJUST), delivered a training on asset recovery from illicit drug trafficking, from March 15 to 19.

The opening ceremony was attended by José Vila del Castillo, Regional Representative of UNODC ROPAN; H.E. Chris Hoornaert, Head of the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Panama; Javier Caraballo, Attorney General of the Nation; Gorgonio Sanchez, Deputy Director General of the National Naval Air Service and Ignacio de Lucas Martin, Coordinator of the AIAMP Network of Anti-Drug Prosecutors and Prosecutor of the Special Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office of Spain.

"This training has been designed, to provide criminal justice professionals with the tools and strengthen their capacity to investigate, cooperate and confiscate in routine cases of transnational organized crime, in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime," said José Vila del Castillo.

This training strengthened the capacities of 20 Specialized Prosecutors (14 women, 6 men) of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Panama and 10 units of the National Air and Naval Service (SENAN).

Among the topics covered in the sessions were: Legal basis for the prosecution of assets and financial intelligence; criminal and asset investigation planning; criminal prosecution strategies in narco-criminal organizations and international cooperation in asset recovery.