Workshop on international cooperation in criminal matters and mutual legal assistance in Armenia

The Council of Europe continues to assist the Armenian authorities to develop procedures and capacities related to the investigation of corruption offenses using means of international co-operation.

On March 11 and 12, 2021, the project on “Strengthening institutional capacities to combat and prevent corruption in Armenia” organized a workshop to discuss international cooperation in criminal matters and mutual legal assistance with the Armenian authorities concerned, in the light of international standards and practices through the Council. European expertise. The discussion aimed to answer questions previously posed by the Armenian government and requiring further clarification, in particular in the context of the implementation of the recently adopted law on civil confiscation of illegal assets. The participants included representatives of different authorities responsible for asset recovery, such as the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Armenian FIU within the Central Bank of Armenia and law enforcement bodies. laws.

Organized around themes related to investigations prior to mutual legal assistance on the one hand and requests for mutual legal assistance on the other hand, the workshop enabled discussions and an exchange of knowledge on practical issues related to international cooperation. , information on inter-agency asset recovery networks and the preparation, requirements and submission of formal mutual legal assistance requests, based on international best practices and Armenian law. This event represents a step in a series of activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of Armenian institutions to make relevant and effective use of spontaneous and formal international cooperation mechanisms to better fight against economic crime and recover the proceeds of crime.

This activity was organized within the framework of the EU / CoE Partnership Project for Good Governance II on “Institutional Capacity Building to Combat and Prevent Corruption in Armenia” (PGGII-ARM) which is jointly funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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