Some 50 representatives from district prosecutor’s offices, regional police directorates, offices of the General Directorate of Customs and Taxation, the General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering, the Financial Supervision Authority and the Central Bank of Albania, benefited from a two-day training on “Asset tracing and identification for purposes of seizure and confiscation in a criminal case” which took place on 8 and 9 January 2019 in Korçë, Albania. During the training, participants obtained an in-depth understanding of tracing, seizure and confiscation of assets through lectures, while also discussing and working on hypothetical case studies.
This training was organised within the Action against Economic Crime in Albania (AEC-AL) under the “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey” programme, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe. This training is third in the series and organised in cooperation with the Albanian Security Academy, it aimed at raising on asset seizure and confiscation law enforcement and criminal justice capacities in Albania.
The representative from the Academy of Security highlighted that the Albanian State Police has prioritised financial investigations and asset tracing for the purposes of seizure and confiscation in order to deprive criminals from their illegal assets and ensuring that crime does not pay. He reiterated that by order of the Ministry of Interior a new Programme on Economic Crime has been opened at the Academy of Security and informed that the guidance and training programme prepared and developed by the Council of Europe will be included in the initial and continuous training of the Academy.