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EUPOL COPPS trains Palestinian lawyers to identify money laundering

09/01/2020 - 12:52
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Advisers of EUPOL COPPS, a civilian CSDP Mission, organised recently training for 80 Palestinian lawyers to raise awareness about money laundering.

Advisers of EUPOL COPPS, a civilian CSDP Mission, organised recently training for 80 Palestinian lawyers to raise awareness about money laundering.

The workshop, held in the West Bank city of Hebron in cooperation with the Palestinian Bar Association, is part of EUPOL COPPS support for enhancing the capabilities of Palestinian lawyers in specialised topics within the area of criminal justice.

Mission advisers provided the attendees with the legal and operational know-how for identifying and understanding money laundering and its severe impact on society.

Michele Tarlao, EUPOL COPPS Anti-Narcotics and Organised Crime Advisor, shared his experience of investigating mafia related crimes and other organised criminal groups in Italy and abroad. “Organised criminal groups are often driven by financial gains and expensive assets such as luxury cars can be an indicator of money laundering, confiscating assets is therefore an important investigation measure to combat these activities”.

More than half of the attendees of the training were female lawyers.

Launched in 2006, EUPOL COPPS works with approximately 110 staff on reform and development of the Palestinian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice, the Palestinian Civil Police and corrections and criminal justice institutions, with a focus on police-prosecution cooperation through training, mentoring and strategic-level advice.

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