PAMECA V in close cooperation with Albanian General Prosecution Office and the Italian High Judicial Council Technical Assistance Project delivered a two-day online training on money laundering and financial investigations. The main scope of this training is the approximation of institutional approaches and work practices, in the framework of recent Memoranda of Understanding signed between GPO and other LEAs in increasing the efficiency of investigation of corruption and money laundering. The training workshop was co-presented by PAMECA LTE on Organised Crime, Mr Giovanni Pasqua, and the Prosecutor of General Prosecution Office, Mr. Kujtim Luli. During his opening remarks, Mr Pasqua emphasised the initiative of GPO and the importance to conduct trainings on money laundering and financial investigations, as per the main priorities of GPO for the coming years, while Mr. Luli explained the scope and the positive implication the MoU implementation can have for Albania and the possibility to answer to FATF recommendations published last February.
Mr Michele del Prete, Prosecutor of the National Anti-Mafia and Antiterrorism Directorate (DNAT) introduced the international perspective of this topic, and then presented forms, methods, types and EU standards on money laundering and financial investigations. The importance and role of financial institutions nationwide, conducting risk analysis and tracking of financial investigations was deepened by the representative of Albanian Financial Intelligence Unit, Mr Artan Sheqerukaj, during the first day of the training. The experts that delivered their presentations during this training raised some practical issues in terms of conducting efficient and successful financial investigations.
During his presentation, Mr Antonio Balsamo, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Supreme Court of Cassation, focused on the methodology for the investigation of criminal offences related to money laundering, use of special investigation means and EU best practices. Financing of terrorism in international law and Albanian legal framework, forms and investigation methods were presented by Mr Nicola Piacente, Member of Council of Europe Committee on Counterterrorism (CDCT) and Chief Prosecutor of Como
The training was attended by 60 representatives of Prosecution Office, State Police, SIAC and other law enforcement agencies, suchlike HIDAACI, Albanian FIU, Tax and Customs Office, etc. The training served to exchange views and practical experience on the problems to be encountered during the conduct of financial investigations and money laundering related offences and it was followed by a highly professional and interactive technical discussion. Given the interest shown in this training, it will be replicated during January 2021 with the participation of another target group.