The Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD), Rwanda and AGA-Africa collaborate for a ‘Cryptocurrencies and Trade-Based Money Laundering’ Workshop

The increased use of cyberspace and technology have brought with them challenges to administration of justice. Related to this is the increase in use of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin whose regulation is largely still not well understood, and therefore prone to being used by criminals to facilitate their activities.

Successful investigation of such crimes requires an improvement in the skills and capacity of law enforcement, lawyers, prosecutors, investigators and other judicial officers in areas such as forensic accounting.

As part of AGA-Africa’s effort to facilitate the exchange knowledge members of the justice, law and order sectors in Rwanda, AGA-Africa in collaboration with the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD) held another two-day workshop on Cryptocurrencies and Trade-based Money Laundering from 19th – 21st April in Rwanda following a successful first one that took place on 23rd – 25th March, 2021.

The workshop attracted various stakeholders including, law enforcement, investigators, prosecutors, and representatives of financial institutions.

It was officially opened by Markus Green, AGA-Africa Board Member and Dr. Didas M. Kayihura, Rector, Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD).

The workshop discussions were led by Jessica Mila Schutzman, Director, Financial & Cyber Investigations Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, Steven A. Block, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP (Former Federal Prosecutor and Deputy Chief, US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois), Rachel Heintz, Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Southern Arizona White Collar and Criminal Enterprise Section, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Munyaneza Nkwaya Eric, National Prosecutor, Rwanda, Dr. Jean Philipo-Priminta, Chief State Advocate, Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Kombe Kaponda, ICT Networks and Security Solutions Engineer, Bank of Zambia, Kenneth Muhangi, Managing Partner, KTA Advocates and  Dr. Bright Gameli Mawudor, Cyber Security Expert, Internet Solutions Kenya and Founder of the cybersecurity collective Africahackon.

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