Moldovan Legal Professionals Trained on Fighting High-Level Corruption

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August 2014

From May 4–10, six Moldovan legal professionals attended the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative Institute’s second regional anti-corruption training with support from the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). ABA ROLI also selected the Moldovan participants, including two prosecutors, a judge and a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) trainer, who were accompanied by an ABA ROLI staff attorney. A total of 24 lawyers, including from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, attended the Prague workshop.

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The interactive course addressed several aspects of investigating high-level corruption, including tracking money, interviewing witnesses, and gathering and presenting evidence.

The interactive course addressed several aspects of investigating high-level corruption, including tracking money, interviewing witnesses, and gathering and presenting evidence. The training employed a case study, allowing participants to work in smaller groups to accomplish various tasks, such as identifying potential corrupt practices, developing an investigation plan, identifying and interviewing witnesses and defendants, analyzing financial data and presenting evidence in court. Panelists included experts from France, the United Kingdom and the United States and representatives of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Czech Anti-Corruption Agency and Transparency International.

Participants said that the workshop enabled them to learn best practices from their counterparts in different countries. They also indicated that applying those learned during the interactive sessions made the training even more interesting. Members of the Moldovan team said that they were either prosecuting or adjudicating financial corruption cases to which they would immediately apply the knowledge they gained. The NIJ trainer said the training will help him develop a second anti-corruption distance-education course.

To learn more about our work in Moldova, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.

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