Officials receive training in combating organised crime and money laundering

Sixty officials from the Provincial Prosecutor and Public Security Departments of four Northern provinces are taking part in training on countering organised crime on 25- 28 September in Udomxay Province.

The training was organised by the Supreme People’s Prosecutor and the Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance (ILSTA) from Luxembourg. This initiative is part of a series of trainings that ILSTA is delivering to law enforcement officials nationwide.

The training focused on in-depth studies of human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and a presentation on anti-money laundering (AML). The Anti-Money Laundering Intelligence Office (AMLIO) of the Bank of Laos presented on its role and duties in countering money laundering throughout the country. Participants examined case studies and took part in legal analysis of the procedural steps to prosecute a case in accordance with the law.

The training was officially opened by Mr Xaysana Khodphouthone, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Lao PDR, who urged officials to learn from international experience and best practices. Prosecutors and police from Vientiane Capital, Phongsaly, Xieng Khuang, Huaphan and Udomxay Province attended the training.

An overview of crime types included environmental crimes, such as illicit wildlife trafficking; violent crime; drug crime; as well as looking at emerging crime types like cybercrime and white-collar crime, ending with a specific focus on anti-money laundering (AML).

The trainings, which are supported by the Ministry of Finance of Luxembourg, will improve awareness, understanding and showcase best practices in combating different types of organised crime, and the nexus with money laundering.

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