Caribbean Heads of Financial Intelligence Units meet at Accra Beach Resort: Attorney General of Barbados, Adriel Brathwaite, to Keynote

Barbadian Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, MP will be delivering the initial remarks at the beginning of the annual Heads of Financial Intelligence Units conference taking place at the Accra Beach Hotel on Tuesday 13 March 2012. Also speaking will be Paul Brummell, British High Commissioner, and Christopher Sandrolini, US Chargé d’Affaires.

Representatives from FIUs in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will meet to discuss the pragmatic applications of Forfeiture, Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime legislation, with the objective of tackling and deterring serious criminality, particularly drug trafficking.

Adriel Brathwaite to deliver opening remarks at the commencing of the annual Heads of Financial Intelligence Units conference

{FILE IMAGE} The two day meeting will enhance the capabilities of those involved in pursuing the proceeds of crime and investigating money laundering offences by sharing best practice and learning from one another’s experience. Representatives from the US Embassy will also participate in the sessions.

The meeting will be chaired by Grenville Williams, Head of the FIU in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and is organised and supported by the Eastern Caribbean Financial Investigations Advisory Team (ECFIAT), a UK funded initiative, based in the British High Commission, Barbados.

ECFIAT’s aim is to increase the capability of those within the investigative, prosecutorial and criminal justice processes in each jurisdiction by mentoring those involved in the areas of civil cash seizure/forfeiture and the restraining and confiscating of criminals’ assets and through the provision of workshops for the legal fraternity.

The Proceeds of Crime legislation in Barbados was amended in 2011 to make it more effective, in recognition of the financial rewards derived from serious criminality, particularly drug trafficking. One of the most effective weapons to deter persons being attracted to commit crime, especially impressionable young people, is the removal of the expectation of financial gain.

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