Officials from the Danish Office of the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime (SØIK) delivered a three-day anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) training to Ethiopian intelligence officials from the Financial Intelligence Center (FIC) and the Federal Police Commission (FPC) in Addis Ababa. This was the second training delivered by the SØIK on advanced financial intelligence as part of CGCC’s project on “Strengthening Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Capacities in Ethiopia”.
Mr. Kidanemariam Gebre Tsadik, Director of Analysis of the Ethiopian FIC, officially welcomed participants to the training, which was delivered by Mr. Jens Kauffeld Andreasen, Detective Superintendent of SØIK, and Mr. Martin Kallehauge, Head of Asset Recovery of SØIK. Topics covered during this training included operational financial intelligence analysis, internet fraud and cyber crime, SWIFT, bankruptcy fraud, and analysis targeting. Over the course of the three days, trainees participated in a number of group exercises, on topics such as deductive logic, evaluation of sources, document and information management, how to determine whether a transaction is suspicious, and good practices in reading suspicious transaction reports (STRs). Trainers supplemented the training with examples of Danish practices within the FIU, and encouraged participants to translate these instances to the Ethiopian context.
The training was an important first step in fostering communication between the FIC and the FPC on AML/CFT specific cases, as well as to delineate FIC & FPC responsibilities in these instances. As the FIC is an administrative style financial intelligence unit and therefore does not have the authority to investigate or prosecute these cases, cooperation among the FIC, the FPC and the MoJ – who are responsible for investigating and prosecuting these cases, respectively – is crucial for the continued strengthening of Ethiopia’s AML/CFT regime.