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Connecting police Securing the world. Role of INTERPOL in Asset Recovery Jaganathan Saravanasamy Assistant Director, Anti-Corruption Sub-Directorate ICPO-INTERPOL.

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1 Connecting police Securing the world

2 Role of INTERPOL in Asset Recovery Jaganathan Saravanasamy Assistant Director, Anti-Corruption Sub-Directorate ICPO-INTERPOL 200, quai Charles de Gaulle Lyon, Paris

3 INTERPOL – a global organization Created in 1923, INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries General Secretariat in Lyon, France, six Regional Bureaus, one Liaison Office, and Special Representatives of INTERPOL to the United Nations and to the European Union in Brussels. Four official languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish A National Central Bureau (NCB) in each member country

4 Airports Police stations Ports Specialised Law enforcementagencies NCBs INTERPOL National Central Bureaus - NCBs Borders General Secretariat

5 INTERPOL’s 4 core functions Secure global policecommunicationsservices Operational police support services Operational data Services and databases for police Police training anddevelopment

6 Wanted persons Seeking additional information Warnings about known criminals Missing persons Unidentified bodies Special INTERPOL-UN Security Council Warnings of threats + Diffusions INTERPOL Notices and Diffusions Core function #2: Operational data services and databases for police

7  Corruption was named as INTERPOL’s crime priority area in 2007  Asset recovery is the natural extension of AC investigation  Tools  multi-purpose tools  Customized tools INTERPOL’s initiatives in Anti-Corruption & AML Core function #3: Operational police support services

8 Difficulties in tackling Corruption THE OFFENCE It is increasingly transnational Value moves across borders, very fast, in electronic form Even assets created out of corrupt money are stored in electronic form. THE EFFORTS Countries are sovereign and legislative jurisdiction is limited by boundaries. Investigative process is physical, the channel is lengthy, compartmentalized, procedure and requirements different and often frustrating. Locating and linking assets stored electronically is difficult. They often change form making them difficult to trace.

9 United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Chapter II Preventive measures Chapter IV International Cooperation Chapter V Asset Recovery Chapter III Criminalization & Law Enforcement

10 United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). INTERPOL's Anti-Corruption Office is engaged in a number of initiatives designed to combat corruption and encourage the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). It seeks to train, support and co-ordinate individuals in law enforcement through a variety of programs in order to expose and address the problem of corruption. Anti-Corruption Office

11 Operational Coordination: Global Focal Points for Asset Recovery Capcity Building: INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti- Corruption and Asset Recovery Operational Meetings: We coordinate Operational meetings for AR Approach to Asset Recovery

12 Authorized list of names and contact details Repository of skills and tools and a secured database for ongoing cases Authorized INTERPOL Red Notices on Corruption and future guidelines on how to issue them Use of Interpol’s secure I-24/7 law enforcement communication platform The Focal Point Initiative - concept

13 Ordinarily available and restricted- A web-based application (through https://) A secured channel for exchange information between Focal Points-(through https://) A restricted access to the notices on corruption- (through https:// e-ASF2/ICIS) A criminal database for ongoing case (through I-24/7) The Focal Point Initiative –Features.

14 Strategy for CB Franchise model Out-reach in partnership Complemaentary in nature Regional approach Comprehensive package Workshop model for five working days

15 Role we play…. Facilitating role Suggest and help select course content Suggest and help select faculty Prescribe and select the participants

16 Role partner plays Provides an institutional set-up Provides class room infrastructure Supplements faculty Provides and logistics

17 Method…. Case study based Investigator/Prosecutor who handled the case teaches Hand-on workshop Pros & cons discussed Group discussions Groups come out with best practices

18 Focus… On Investigator & Prosecutor On evidence On collecting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence Complete the triangle of crime-criminal- asset by evidence Because, efficient investigation is fundamental to successful asset recovery

19 The First programme Hosted by the CBI New Delhi between 13&17Feb 2012 For Asia Pacific region 36 participants from 16 countries

20 A balanced diet UNCAC and OECD Convention-A critical analysis Preventive vigilance and demonstration of preventive tools Corruption in contracting and procurements Corruption in extracting natural resources Use of INTERPOL tools and guides

21 A balanced diet Role of Intelligence in corruption investigation Tracking proceeds of corruption in virtual world Preserving, extracting evidence from electronic network Practical and hands-on training in extraction of evidence from electronic medium

22 A balanced diet Corruption and high value financial frauds Investigating corruption in sports Issues in writing MLA requests Investigation of corruption in sports Group exercise on best practices

23 Operational Meetings Request can be from any member country A seconded police officer of IPSG acts as a expert coordinator Case officers from relevant countries invited on the platform- Experts invited to advise on complex issues If need be, prosecutors are invited The coordinator from IPSG, draws up the agenda

24 The Dynamics of Ops mtg From within the participants, a Task Force emerges Way forward emerges on consensus An Expert Team assembled to de deployed on specific mission Often, member countries and Intl. Agencies commit resources for the mission Coordinator at IPSG is the contact point & manages IE platform

25 The Dynamics Core case and satellite cases discussed Outcome of criminal as well as intelligence investigation shared Problem areas & complexities identified Issues concerning MLA/LRs sorted out Structure, modalities and host for a depository for information exchange, worked out Strategies worked out Contact points for future course decided Bilateral / side / informal meetings

26 Thank you! The INTERPOL Anti-corruption Office IPSG/Lyon


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