Countries are required to have measures that enable the confiscation of proceeds of crime (direct or indirect) held by criminals, accomplices or other third parties. Property to be confiscated includes; income or other benefits derived from crime, instrumentalities used in commission of a crime, and/or property of corresponding value to the proceeds of crime.
To equip prosecutors with essential skills, AGA-Africa collaborated with the Ministry of Justice – Directorate of Public Prosecutions Malawi on an insightful two-day workshop titled “The Asset Forfeiture Regime in Malawi – Harnessing the Necessary Strategies and Skills for the Effective Recovery of Tainted Property”. The workshop took place on 24th-25th September, 2021.
The objective of the workshop was to provide prosecutors with the knowledge required in the preparation of applications for civil and conviction-based forfeiture while equipping them with the necessary skills required to identify, trace, preserve, and secure property that is subject to both civil and criminal forfeiture and the methods of asset recovery.
The workshop was officially opened by Markus Green Esq, AGA-Africa Board Member followed by brief welcome remarks from Dr. Steven Kayuni Ph.D, Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, Malawi. Willie Hofmeyr, retired Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, NPA, South Africa delivered the keynote speech.
The workshop sessions were facilitated by subject matter experts: Dorcas Oduor, EBS, OGW, Secretary, Public Prosecutions and Principal Deputy to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kenya, Willie Hofmeyr, retired Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, NPA, South Africa, Dr. Christopher Ndzengu, Regional Head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) – NPA, South Africa, Julius N. Muraya, Deputy Director, Civil Litigation, Asset Recovery & Legal Support, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Kenya, Carolyne Lamptey, Independent Consultant – Senior Lawyer, Human Rights Law and International Asset Recovery, Margaret Chitundu, Deputy Chief State Advocate (DCSA)Director Head of Asset Forfeiture Department – NPA, Zambia, Dzikondianthu Malunda, Acting Chief State Advocate – Mzuzu, Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Malawi, Andrew Salamba, Senior Assistant Chief State Advocate, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Malawi, Clement Maulidi, Prosecutor, Ministry of Justice – Director of Public Prosecutions, Malawi, and Liness Chikankheni, Legislative Counsel , Ministry of Justice – Malawi.
The workshop was officially closed by Gift Chikwakwa, AGA-Africa Country Coordinator for Malawi.