Officials from the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice and the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission participated in a three-day workshop on financial crime investigations and prosecutions. The session focused on international best practices for the detection and investigation of money laundering and terrorist financing offenses, including sources of information, “follow the money” tactics for evidence gathering, and processes for confiscation, asset freezing, and frozen asset management.

The workshop sought to inform the development of a regional training series for investigators and prosecutors on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) facilitated by the Ministry of Justice, as well as the development and refinement of a practitioner-oriented AML/CFT manual. It brought together a core group of Ethiopian AML/CFT professionals to engage in an active discussion on the legal frameworks and best practices for AML/CFT investigations and prosecutions, as well as case study exercises that explored the practical implementation of these topics within the Ethiopian context.

The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Biniam Shiferaw Ayalew, Global Center consultant and former vice dean of Debre Markos Law School in Ethiopia, in partnership with two experts from AML Solutions International, Mr. Gavin Durbin, former senior manager with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) Africa Program and Mr. Todd Harland, former manager at AUSTRAC and sergeant in the Queensland Police Service. It was the first in a series of trainings being held by the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Global Center as part of a broader technical assistance program supported by Denmark to assist Ethiopia in strengthening its capacity to counter illicit financial flows.

For additional information about the workshop or this project, please contact Ms. Tracey Durner at tdurner@globalcenter.org.

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