Representatives of the National School of Magistrates, Academy of Security, Regional Directorates of the Albanian State Police, General Prosecutor`s Office, Districts Prosecutions, Serious Crimes Prosecution, District Courts and the General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering benefited from a three day training on “Investigation, prosecution and adjudication of Money laundering” organised by the Action against Economic Crime in Albania on 6-8 February 2019 in Durrës, Albania.
The aim of this training was to strengthen the Anti-money laundering curricula at the National School of Magistrates and Academy of Security and subsequently create a pool of trained national experts in this field. Additionally, through a mock trial case and participatory approach, the training aimed to enhance the operational capacities of investigators, prosecutors and judges to fully understand the methodology for managing a complex Money laundering case which also included corruption elements, the use of circumstantial evidence, gathering of evidence, organisation of evidence using specialized investigative techniques, managing of evidence by the elements of the crime and admissibility of evidence from foreign jurisdiction.
Using each of the investigation steps, participants learned how to implement use of domestic legislation and international best practices to financially investigate criminal cases and secure admissibility of evidence before the court. This involved the analysis of data, gathering and assembling of evidence in a manner ready for presentation at trial and establishing the basis for confiscation of assets that are removed from the original corruption offence.
Participants appreciated the training method used by the Council of Europe experts and were very active in sharing their experience with their peers, but also in interaction with representatives from other institutions. During the development of the case, experts put an emphasis on the use of informal channels of communication and cooperation.
This training was organised by the joint CoE/EU Horizontal Facility Programme Action against Economic Crime in Albania in cooperation with the National School of Magistrates and the Albanian Security Academy.