Annual General Meeting Of ARIN-CARIB

November 16, 2018

Criminal justice practitioners and experts from around the globe are attending the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for the Caribbean [ARIN-CARIB] taking place in St Vincent, November 14-16. Participants are discussing the recovery of criminal proceeds, which involves stripping criminals of their benefits from crime.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro & Crown Counsel Larissa Burgess are the Bermuda representatives in attendance.

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An Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for the Caribbean spokesperson said, “Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves gave the keynote address. Among the speakers are Director of Public Prosecutions [Ag.] from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ms. Sejilla McDowall, Director [Ag.] of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Ms. LaTeisha Sandy and Mr. Colin John, Commissioner of Police of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.

“Two days of workshop based sessions will follow the AGM. Topics covered will include victim compensation, Proceeds of Crime legislation, mutual legal assistance and crypto currency threats to the region.

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“The Regional Security System – Asset Recovery Unit [RSS ARU] serves as the network’s permanent secretariat. The RSS ARU, based in Barbados, is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and was set-up under the Regional Security System [RSS] in December 2015 to help the region tackle serious organised crime and corruption.

“The unit works closely with regional law enforcement agencies, public prosecutors, magistrates and judges to enhance their efforts in countering organised crime, by utilising proceeds of crime and money laundering legislation as essential components in financial investigation and asset recovery. The Presidency of the Network is currently held by St Vincent and the Grenadines, passing it on to Jamaica in 2019.”

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