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Raising capacities of Montenegrin Judicial Training Center for training on money laundering

Kotor, Montenegro 13-14 October 2022
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Raising capacities of Montenegrin Judicial Training Center for training on money laundering

A training for trainers for the judiciary and police on processing money laundering cases was organised with the support of the EU and Council of Europe joint Action against Economic Crime in Montenegro in Kotor.

The three-module training programme tailored for judges, prosecutors, and representatives of police sector on prosecuting and adjudicating cases of money laundering, was developed in line with the international standards and best practices from Netherlands and Italy. The training was successfully piloted in 2020-2021 and adopted by the Judicial Training Centre of Montenegro, as an integral part of the training curricula for the judiciary.

The capacity building activity organised in co-operation with the Judicial Training Centre, gathered 11 participants: 5 judges, 4 prosecutors and 2 representatives of police who are now versed in delivering efficiently the training programme to their peers, as a result of this activity.

The most important topics covered during the training were: the elements of the criminal offence of money laundering, formal and informal international cooperation in money laundering cases, the justification and application of special investigative techniques and the use of circumstantial evidence to prove the link to criminal activity. Considering that participants were highly experienced professionals, the training particularly emphasised the practice of the European Court of Human Rights in this area and included extensive discussion of practical examples based on real-life cases.

This training was organised within the framework of the EU and Council of Europe joint programme Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey Phase II – Action against Economic Crime in Montenegro (AEC-MNE).