20. 10. 2023
Regional Workshop on Forensic Management of Financial Evidence
From October 16-20, 2023, the EU-funded LEICA (Law Enforcement in Central Asia) project, in close cooperation and coordination with the EU Global AML/CFT Facility and the German Federal Criminal Police, held a five-day regional workshop in Wiesbaden for 13 senior law enforcement officials from Central Asia on the collection and expert evaluation of financial evidence obtained in the course of implementing measures to counter terrorist financing. The purpose of the event was to raise participants' awareness of the methods used in money laundering and the financing of terrorism and to share the experience of Germany and EU countries with Central Asian law enforcement agencies on the gathering of financial evidence and their correct treatment before the court. In addition, the participants shared their experience with colleagues from the German Federal Criminal Police on the use of national investigative tools in Central Asia to identify the financing of terrorist groups.
During the opening ceremony of the workshop, the LEICA project director emphasized: "This workshop is an important milestone in our collective efforts to combat terrorism, crossing geographical boundaries and uniting us in a common mission. Terrorism remains one of the most pressing threats to global peace and security, requiring our unwavering commitment and constant vigilance. In our quest for security and justice, it is essential that we equip ourselves with the tools and knowledge to confront this threat. The forensic processing of financial evidence is a key element of such investigations. In this way, we not only bring criminals to justice but also hinder their activities and prevent future terrorist attacks."
During the seminar, the participants, together with international experts, studied in detail the methods of combating terrorist financing and innovative methods of tracking suspicious bank transfers. In addition, representatives of the banking sector and the BINANS platform addressed the participants with information on potential terrorists who use money laundering and cryptocurrency to make anonymous payments for services related to the preparation of terrorist acts.