From 13 to 16 July 2015, the United Nations Office on Drugs on Crime (UNODC), the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of South Africa (ARINSA), the Government of the Republic of Namibia, the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) and the International Center of Asset Recovery (ICAR) conducted a workshop for senior judges and magistrates from Eastern and Southern Africa on proceeds of crime and money laundering in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), which represent a country’s official authority for receiving financial information disclosures, are regularly at the forefront of tackling money laundering and terrorist financing. Not surprisingly, they also play a critical role in the asset recovery process. An increasing number of investigations leading to the tracing, identification, seizing/freezing and confiscation of illegal assets are triggered by FIU reports to law enforcement agencies.