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SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: United Nations Begins Discussion Of Returning Stolen Assets & Money

Good Practices And Challenges For Returning Stolen Assets Discussed At Expert Meeting Co-Organized By UNODC

From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:

28 May 2019 – As the first global anti-corruption instrument with a dedicated chapter on asset recovery, the «United Nations Convention against Corruption» sets the bar high when it comes to ensuring that stolen assets are being returned.

Invited by the Governments of Ethiopia and Switzerland and supported by the «United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime» (UNODC), experts from all over the world gathered in Addis Ababa from 7 to 9 May to learn from cases in which assets were returned to the States that they had been stolen from.

In his opening remarks, «Wedo Atto, Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission of Ethiopia», highlighted the importance of cooperation:

“Asset recovery is difficult and demanding, and international cooperation is essential for succeeding in recovering assets stolen through corruption. Meetings such as the present one take us one step forward to ensuring that there are no safe havens for unlawful wealth.”

Panellists shared their experience in recovering and returning hundreds of millions of US dollars of stolen assets and discussed the challenges and good practices discovered through these returns. The cases from which lessons were drawn included the «Lava Jato case in Brazil», the return of assets stolen by former President Sani Abacha to Nigeria, the return of stolen assets to Kazakhstan, and the return of assets to Kenya through a multi-party framework for the return of assets from Crime and Corruption in Kenya (FRACCK).

Drawing on lessons learned from these and other cases, the experts highlighted good practices in asset return such as having early and open communication between the requesting and requested States, building trust among the partners and understanding the differences in legal systems and domestic requirements when it comes to asset recovery and asset return. The experts also underscored the need to provide technical assistance and training to enable countries to fully use all available options for asset recovery and asset return.

Shervin Majlessi, Deputy Coordinator of the joint World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, highlighted how these good practices complemented the Lausanne guidelines for the efficient recovery of stolen assets, which provide a step-by-step guide for a collaborative process of asset recovery.

As part of their conclusions, the experts also found that more discussion on the matter during the sessions of the «Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery» would be helpful. In closing, Walter Reithebuch, Senior Policy Advisor – Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, noted:

“As co-organizer of the International Expert Meeting on the Return of Stolen Assets in Addis Ababa, Switzerland was pleased to welcome experts from over 30 different countries for constructive discussions and exchanges on best practices on asset return. Switzerland is committed to enhancing international cooperation in asset return and to sharing and further developing these best practices.”

While this is more oriented towards large scam assets now, it does open the door for future discussions of returning assets to individual victims.

As a part of the SCARS Advocacy efforts, we are in contact with the UNODC to explore future opportunities to recovery for individual victims.


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  1. Maria Cinta Montero Mayor May 30, 2019 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Seria estupendo que pudiésemos recuperar algo del dinero que nos fue robado por los estafadores románticos, en mi caso fue mucho

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