Sensitisation Of Zambia Law Enforcement Agencies On The Complex World Of Crypto Currency In The Fight Against Transnational Crimes

AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) organized a one day workshop on Virtual Currency Investigation and the Dark Web on 25th August at the DEC offices in Lusaka, Zambia. The workshop capacity built law enforcement officials on techniques  to combat the rise of digital money laundering

Commissioner of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Alitah Mbahwe, welcomed the participants to the workshop. In her opening address she said that networking and working together with investigators also comes in hand with our fight against money laundering.

AGA-Africa Programme Board Member, Mr. Markus Green ESQ in his opening remarks said that criminals are increasingly turning to cryptocurrencies as a new money laundering tool and that cryptocurrency transactions enables them to use anonymous cyber transactions to hide their profits from a range of illicit activities as largely digital currencies are unregulated by geographic and political borders.

Mr. Green emphasized the need of law enforcement agencies to enhance their effectiveness in the detection, investigation and prosecution of cases involving the illegal use of virtual currency transactions.

AGA facilitator – Andrea Surratt, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado facilitated multiple sessions on virtual currency investigations and the dark web. She stated that digital currencies are the primary manner through which criminals are buying and selling contraband over the internet. She urged law enforcement agencies to adopt strict law to curb this menaces.