April 01, 2012

India Hosts Interpol’s First Training on Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery

Eric Stonecipher (right), ABA ROLI’s regional anti-corruption adviser, accepts a token of appreciation from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation.

April 2012

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) hosted the first Interpol Global Training Program on Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery in New Delhi, India, from February 12–15.

Attended by representatives from 16 countries, including Australia, Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and India, the event highlighted recent developments and issues investigators and prosecutors from participating countries face as they pursue cases of public corruption.

Daniel Eric Stonecipher, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) regional anti-corruption adviser, attended the program and presented on the role of the United States’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar legislation in international efforts to combat public corruption. The presentation was followed by a discussion on the prospects for sharing information about bribe recipients in foreign jurisdictions, which would aid reciprocal investigations. Other presentations addressed identifying vulnerabilities in public procurement processes, and tools and methods for facilitating recovery of stolen assets from foreign jurisdictions.

The event was designed to increase awareness of the international issues confronting investigators and prosecutors, and to assist them in developing new mechanisms to more effectively prosecute international corruption cases. CBI Director Shri Amar Pratap Singh said that recovery of ill-gotten assets is a legal challenge and called for the global community to work together to develop innovative methods for fighting corruption.

To learn more about regional anti-corruption work in Asia, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.