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Workshop on techniques for investigation and prosecution of corruption cases in the Caribbean

Panama, March 3, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), through the project "Support to the fight against corruption in the Caribbean" delivered a virtual workshop on techniques for investigation and prosecution of corruption cases to 22 officials from Grenada, Bahamas (February 1-5), Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica (February 8-12).

Prosecutors, judges, police officers, Financial Intelligence Unit analysts and investigators participated in this workshop whose objectives are to: increase understanding of the tools and techniques used in corruption investigations; improve the ability to work as an inter-agency working group on corruption cases; and share experiences and lessons learned with colleagues from other countries and international experts.

Participants in the training day strengthened their skills in the following topics: key concepts of the United Nations Convention against Corruption; international standards in the fight against corruption; crime reporting; gathering information from suspects and witnesses; and criminal investigation methods.

 Fighting corruption

The project "Supporting the fight against corruption in the Caribbean" aims to support the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in order to improve the capacity to prevent, detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate corruption offences and money laundering, by strengthening the capacity of prosecutors, judges, police officers, analysts and investigators of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), reinforcing regional and interregional operational and international cooperation, including in relation to asset forfeiture and recovery.

UNODC's mandate is primarily to provide technical assistance to Member States to strengthen their capacities in the fight against corruption, organized crime and drug trafficking.

In this context, UNODC ROPAN, based in Panama, pays special attention to the specific needs of the countries of Central America and the Caribbean, in order to provide personalized, consistent and effective technical assistance to address the challenges posed by these phenomena in the region.