iPROCEEDS: Third delivery of the Introductory training module on online crime proceeds

BELGRADE, SERBIA , 

During the period 25-28 November 2019, the iPROCEEDS project supported the National delivery of the Introductory training module on cybercrime, electronic evidence and online crime proceeds for judges and prosecutors. The training was organised in cooperation with the Judicial Academy of Serbia and Special Prosecution Office and was conducted by the national trainers, who successfully completed a Training-of-Trainers course. 36 judges and prosecutors from Serbia benefited from the training.

Nowadays most cybercrime reported and investigated by criminal justice authorities is related to different types of fraud and other offences aimed at obtaining illegal economic benefits. Offences involving new technology products and services have grown rapidly both in number and in sophistication and have created serious challenges for countries in ensuring that these are not misused for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes. Vast amounts of crime proceeds are generated – and often laundered – on the Internet and through the use of new technologies. These provide a range of opportunities to safely cash out, convert or otherwise clean crime proceeds.

Lack of adequate training can be a major obstacle in having judges and prosecutors responding to the threat of cybercrime, online crime proceeds and handling electronic evidence in an effective and efficient way. Hand in hand with these measures is the need to equip key actors in the criminal justice system with the skills and the knowledge to apply them. They need to know and understand the nature and evidential implications of cases of cybercrime and search, seizure and confiscation of online crime proceeds, as well as the available legal instruments and approaches to international cooperation.

The Council of Europe course provided to the participants an introductory level of knowledge on cybercrime, electronic evidence and search, seizure and confiscation of online crime proceeds. It included legal as well as practical information about the subject matters and concentrated on how these issues impact on the day-to-day work of judges and prosecutors.