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UNODC trains officials on investigative and case processing issues in money laundering


The illicit profits generated by criminal groups dedicated to illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime are introduced into financial systems with negative impacts on the economies of the countries, so the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC-ROPAN) provides technical support to the States to fight against money laundering.

In the framework of the Project for the Consolidation of the Procedural Reform in Panama (PANZ41) which counterpart is the Judicial Branch; and the Project for Strengthening Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice Cooperation along the Cocaine Route in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa (GLOZ83-CRIMJUST), funded by the European Union; UNODC held a Workshop on Money Laundering as an enabling tool of drug trafficking, addressed to judges, public defenders and prosecutors on 3, 4 and 5 April 2019 in David City, Republic of Panamá.
The purpose of this workshop was to provide officials of the Third Judicial District, a general perspective of money laundering related to drug trafficking from the national and international point of view focusing on the identification of typologies, structure of the crime, and raise practical aspects of the investigation.
In this activity, Mrs. Grisell Mojica and Mrs. Flor Pinzón, both UNODC Project Coordinators, participated as trainers, and 22 officials (15 women and 7 men) from the Judicial Branch, Public Ministry and Public Defense had the opportunity to share their experiences and acquire new knowledge.
Among the topics discussed, we can mention: the world and regional scenario on drug trafficking and its relation to money laundering; the current international legal framework, with emphasis on the United Nations Conventions of Vienna, Palermo and Mérida; the risk posed by money laundering and financing of terrorism within the national context; general aspects of the crime of money laundering; procedural aspects of the investigation; special investigation techniques; precautionary measures and asset recovery; criminal liability of legal persons; review of Panamanian jurisprudence and other practical case analysis activities.
As a result of the above, the participants expanded their knowledge on money laundering in order to strengthen their investigations and the effective management of cases.