Asset forfeiture is the process of confiscation of assets by the authorities. These assets are mainly proceeds from financial crimes that are subject to an ongoing investigation or prosecution by law enforcement agencies.
The ability for enforcement authorities in Africa and globally to be able to utilize all measures to deprive criminals of profits derived from criminal activity is essential in the fight against all financial crimes.
Against this backdrop, AGA-Africa in collaboration with the Financial Intelligence Authority – Malawi, Ministry of Justice – Directorate of Public Prosecutions – Malawi, and the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) held an informative three-day workshop dubbed “Asset Forfeiture for Investigators and Prosecutors” from 21st -23rd September, 2021.
The workshop was aimed at enhancing the capacity of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors in the identification of proceeds and contributing factors of crime. This would assist them to conduct and prosecute financial investigations effectively as well as enabling them to efficiently identify, trace, preserve, and secure property that is subject to confiscation.
The workshop was officially opened by Markus Green Esq, AGA-Africa Board Member. Mr. Vincent Chipeta, Acting Director General of the Financial Intelligence Authority made brief remarks followed by a keynote speech by Willie Hofmeyr, retired Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, NPA, South Africa.
The highly informative and engaging sessions were facilitated by our seasoned 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, JP Willemse, Senior Financial Investigations Specialist, Basel Institute on Governance, International Centre for Asset Recovery, Andrew Dornbierer, Asset Recovery Specialist for the Basel Institute on Governance, Rachel Heintz, Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Southern Arizona White Collar and Criminal Enterprise Section, Arizona Attorney General’s, Scott Blake, Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Office of the Arizona Attorney General, 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, John A.B. Minofu, Analyst, Financial Intelligence Authority, Malawi and Edwin Mtonga, Legal Counsel for the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) – Malawi and Collins Chitsime, Legal Services Manager Financial Intelligence Authority Malawi.
Chukukere Unamba-Oparah, AGA-Africa Programme Director brought the successful workshop to a close.