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Prosecutors, judges, law enforcement reps collaborate in anti-money laundering, counterterrorist financing training

By JT - Sep 04,2021 - Last updated at Sep 04,2021

Participants during a three-day training for prosecutors, judges and representatives from law enforcement agencies in Jordan (Photo courtesy of EU)

AMMAN — The EU Global Facility on Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) concluded their three-day training for prosecutors, judges and representatives from law enforcement agencies in Jordan.  

Co-organised with the EU-funded project on Technical Assistance to the Criminal Justice Chain in  Jordan, the event was held under the title “Developing Intelligence into Evidence: Training on Money  Laundering and Financial Crimes Investigation Techniques for Prosecutors and LEAs”, said a statement from the facility. 

“Seeing law enforcement representatives exchange dialogue so fruitfully with judges and prosecutors over the last few days was a huge success,” said David Hotte, the team leader of the EU Global Facility, in his closing remarks.  

“Collaboration between all actors of the financial investigation and penal chain is crucial to any AML/CFT case. This type of dialogue needs to be promoted,” he added, thanking all attendees for their participation in the training. 

Team leader of the project on Technical Assistance to the Criminal Justice Chain in Jordan, Malika Bouziane, highlighted the importance of such cross-agency events. 

“Money laundering does not stop at any border. Platforms like this one, which allow for the exchange of information and improvement of communication channels, are essential,” Bouziane stressed. 

The sessions were delivered by Prosecutor General Jean Franco Thony and former detective Liam Ennis. The sessions covered topics such as AML/CFT investigative and legal frameworks, prosecution techniques, as well as the best practices for international cooperation.  

Deputy Chief of the Anti-Money Laundering Unit of Jordan Ala’ Bani Fawaz commended the Global Facility in Jordan’s comprehensive approach. 

“Having colleagues from different sectors working on AML/CFT in one room is a great achievement. We have all learned a lot from our colleagues and hope to see this type of training replicated in the future,” Bani Fawaz said. 

Since November 2020, the EU GF-AML/CFT has delivered 14 one-week e-training courses to over 230 participants. Topics covered AML/CFT investigations, terrorist financing, financial intelligence, virtual assets, Financial Intelligence Unit operational analysis work stream, Ultimate Beneficial Ownership and the judiciary, the statement said.

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