Inter-disciplinary training on seizing, freezing and confiscating asset held in Bosnia and Herzegovina

21-23 November 2022, Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina: UNODC joined efforts with the Asset Management Agency of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBIH) and the FBiH Center for Education of Judges for the organization and delivery of an important capacity building exercise on temporary and permanent confiscation of proceeds of crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This training is a part of the earlier signed Action Plan for FBiH between UNODC and FBiH Asset Management Agency as well as a Cooperation Agreement with the FBiH Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors.

The training hosted over 40 participants, judges and prosecutors as well as different law enforcement agencies across BiH, creating an inter-disciplinary environment to discuss the importance of timely and frequent use of temporary and permanent confiscation of proceeds of crime. The training also covered practices of BiH courts as well as of the European Court of Human Rights, with regards to seizing, freezing and confiscating assets. In addition, the participants thoroughly discussed the investigation and evidence collection phase, as well as the concept of extended confiscation.

This activity was generously supported by the UK Government and 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.