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Discussion with WB and UN experts was held in the RA Special Investigation Service
2019-07-10

Mr. Sasun Khachatryan, the head of RA Special Investigation Service, hosted today experts on Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative founded jointly by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. During the meeting they presented the main goals and scope of their mission, including the capabilities of technical support for development of law enforcement authorities involved in the processes of investigation of money laundering and illicit enrichment, search for and confiscate assets of illicit origin and return of assets illegally exported from the Republic, and enhance international cooperation.

In view of the main issues and legal restrictions rising out in the process of return of assets illegally exported from the Republic and investigation of illicit enrichment cases, the Parties paid importance to the necessity of introduction of institutional new legal mechanisms and improvement of the instruments used therefor. The experts also emphasized the importance of organizing more efficient work for return of  assets and expressed willingness to initiate technical assistance programs with the attraction of WB and UN experts to improve the professional skills and capabilities of investigators.

Sasun Khachatryan, the head of the Special Investigation Service of RA, noted that most of the cases investigated during the previous year involved corruption cases, including a big deal of criminal cases on illegal enrichment and money laundering in which former officials were involved; and despite of   the investigator's burden, positive results have been achieved.

According to experts, after completion of appropriate assessment work and clarifying the directions of expert assistance, a memorandum on improvement of law enforcement practice and proposals for introduction of more effective mechanisms in anti-corruption policy will be elaborated.