EUPOL COPPS trains Palestinian lawyers to identify money laundering

EUPOL COPPS advisers held a one-day training session for 80 Palestinian lawyers on 26 December 2019 to raise awareness about money laundering.

The workshop, held in the West Bank city of Hebron in cooperation with the Palestinian Bar Association, is part of EUPOL COPPS support for enhancing the capabilities of Palestinian lawyers in specialised topics within the area of criminal justice.

Mission advisers provided the attendees with the legal and operational know-how for identifying and understanding money laundering and its severe impact on society.

"Lawyers play an important role in knowing their clients,” said Anders Cedhagen, a Ministerial Strategic and Policy Expert at EUPOL COPPS. “Lawyers should therefore perform due diligence on their clients and where their money comes from”.

Michele Tarlao, EUPOL COPPS Anti-Narcotics and Organised Crime Advisor, shared his experience of investigating mafia related crimes and other organised criminal groups in Italy and abroad. “Organised criminal groups are often driven by financial gains and expensive assets such as luxury cars can be an indicator of money laundering, confiscating assets is therefore an important investigation measure to combat these activities”.

More than half of the attendees of the training were female lawyers.