Building Cooperation on Asset Recovery in Indonesia

Indonesia (Online), 25 October 2021 - Articles 51-59 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) covers asset recovery, requiring states to cooperate through investigations, prosecution, trials, freezing the proceeds of crime and recovering assets. The return of corrupt monies is an important element in the fight against corruption, by targeting its profitability, maintaining ownership rights and enabling the compensation of victims. Nevertheless, a significant gap remains between what is stolen and what States recover, showing the need for stronger capacities on cross-border investigations and closer inter-agency cooperation between jurisdictions.

More about the principles and process of asset recovery can be found here

As a legal reference for information and law enforcement coordination concerning asset recovery, Indonesia ratified Law No. 1 of 2006 concerning Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) in Criminal Matters. To build on recommendations issued as part of Indonesia’s UNCAC Review Cycles in 2012 and 2016, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are currently conducting a study on steps to be taken to improve the implementation of MLA processes and cooperation around asset recovery.

Selection of participants from Roundtable Discussion on International Cooperation and Asset Recovery

To enable the study to build on the input of a broad array of agencies, UNODC and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights held a Roundtable Discussion on International Cooperation and Asset Recovery, on 25 October 2021. The event brought together a number of key agencies under the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Attorney General's Office, Indonesian National Police, Ministry of Law and Human Rights and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and looked at aspects including legal provisions, information management policies, technical coordination, digital resources, and human capacities.

This roundtable discussion was part of activities funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea. Footage (where available) and written summaries of UNODC webinars are publicly available via our website.

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