UNODC supports North Macedonia in countering the financing of terrorism and money laundering

6-8 December 2022, Vienna, Austria: UNODC delivered a 3-day workshop for judges and prosecutors from North Macedonia, focusing on Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) case file preparation and case management as part of the UNODC AML/CFT Court Preparation project. The project aims to assist Member States to more effectively investigate, arrest, prosecute, convict and disrupt terrorists, terrorist networks, money launderers and organized crime groups.

This is the second workshop delivered under the mentioned project, which includes six progressively advanced courses focusing on various legal capacity-building areas. A team of four AML/CFT experts delivered the course using localized scenarios for 10 experts from the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption and the Basic Criminal Court for Organized Crime and Corruption. The course materials also included the domestic legislative framework used for prosecuting terrorists, terrorist networks and organized criminal groups, mutual legal assistance and AML/CFT law and procedural systems for recording and managing investigations and prosecution with the overall aim to assist judges and prosecutors in ensuring accountability and transparency in the criminal procedure process.

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly Target 16.4 to significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets, and combat all forms of organized crime.