ARINSA Members sign the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Strengthening Asset Forfeiture for Development
ARINSA Members sign the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Strengthening Asset Forfeiture for Development.
Dar es Salaam, 12 June 2019-- Assets, including minerals worth $ 41 million
USD, determined to be proceeds of crime were confiscated and nationalized by the
Government of Tanzania in 2018 according to the Vice-President, Samia Suluhu
Hassan, while delivering a keynote address on behalf of President John Magufuli,
at the launch of the 10th ARINSA Anniversary and Annual General
Meeting. The VP was speaking at the official opening, which was held at the
Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The event was attended by more than 300 delegates from the 16 ARINSA member
countries and other agents representing various stakeholders in the asset
“ARINSA is a catalyst to Tanzania’s efforts in combating crime and ensuring
that criminals do not benefit in any capacity from their crime. Today’s
anniversary marks a historical event as it symbolizes our continued cooperation
within the Southern African region, which was initiated by the founders of our
States during our independence struggles.” She remarked. Read More ...
Ex-Zimbabwe Mayor found with 120Kg of Ivory
Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE. A former mayor of Zimbabwe's tourist hotspot Victoria Falls was
caught with nine elephant tusks weighing 120 kilograms (264 pounds) and
arrested with two other suspects, police said Friday. A former mayor of Zimbabwe's tourist hotspot Victoria Falls was
caught with nine elephant tusks weighing 120 kilograms (264 pounds) and
arrested with two other suspects, police said Friday. Sifiso Mpofu, 42, was elected mayor in 2013, serving until July
last year when he lost to an opposition candidate. He was arrested on Thursday night at his house in Mkhosana
township, police said. Acting on a tip-off, police and rangers swopped on the former
mayor's house and found him and the two other suspects moving the tusks from a
car, they said. Two other tusks were found in a bedroom during a search of the
house. "Information was received that the accused were in
possession of raw ivory," according to a police document seen by AFP Read More ... ______________________________________
Cybercrime Workshop for Prosecutors and Investigators
Windhoek, NAMIBIA. Electronic evidence is often
thrown out of the courts by the judiciary due to lack of permissibility and
attribution (the linking of a digital action to a person), yet on average an
internet user leaves a footprint in at least 30 places on devices, networks and
the internet” the workshop was told. Anecdotal evidence suggests that damage
caused by cybercrime worldwide is getting to 6 trillion a year. Most companies are affected by cybercrime
yearly, but they do not report to authorities for fear of reputational damage.
15 ARINSA countries attended this
cybercrime workshop which was held in Windhoek, Namibia from 18 – 20 February
2019. Read More ...
ARINSA Meets to discuss Asset Management and following the Proceeds of Crime
Pretoria, South Africa. On 20 - 24 January 2019, ARINSA
contact points from all the 16 Member countries converged in Cape Town (South
Africa) for a retreat. The retreat provided an opportunity for private
exchanges among practitioners on topics related to the personal and corporate
branding of ARINSA, the overall functioning of the ARINSA network and asset
management. Topics discussed included branding and ethics, the planning and preparation
phase before the execution of freezing orders the modalities of data collection
and reporting, the sustainability of the network and development of asset
management manuals. Read More ...
Seven Chinese nationals in Zimbabwe Court over Rhino horn Stash
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Seven Chinese nationals appeared in a Zimbabwe court after they were arrested last month with rhino horn pieces worth nearly a million dollars.
They are facing charges of breaching the
country’s wildlife laws.
Zeng Dengui, 35; Peicon Jang, 35; Chen Zhiangfu,
30; Qui Jinchang, 29; Yu Xian, 25; Yong Zhu, 25 and Liu Cheng, 23 were arrested
two days before Christmas after police raided their home following a tip-off.
Police detectives found pieces of rhino horn
stashed in a mattress, plastic bags and in boxes at a house in one of the
town’s suburbs.The seven who are all unemployed, appeared in
the dock wearing khaki prison garb at the court in the resort town of Victoria
Falls. Read More ...
Mozambique charges ex-miister, 17 others in $2bn fraud case
At least 18 people, including a former finance minister,
have been charged for fraud involving $2bn in loans to state-owned companies
the Attorney General's Office (AGO) has said, in a scandal that has ensnared
two major international banks.
"Mozambique AGO is indicting 18 defendants, (ranging)
from public workers and other citizens, on charges of abuse of power, abuse of
trust, swindling and money laundering," it said in a statement on Monday.
The indictment came days after three ex-Credit Suisse bankers
were charged in the United States with fraud over their role in Mozambique's
deal in 2013 to borrow money from international investors to fund projects that
included a state tuna fishery. Read More ...
Shocking report details massive illegal turtle trade
In a posh hotel room in Kuala Lumpur, a
35-year-old man wearing a dark button-down shirt smiled. He had two suitcases
crammed with 55 live turtles, and he was hoping to make a sale.
He watched as his customer, a man wearing shorts and sneakers, carefully
examined the reptiles crawling across the hotel rug.
Bakrudin Ali Ahamed Habeeb, had posted on Facebook some seven months earlier
that he had reptiles to sell, triggering a flurry of text messages and price
negotiations. Now, Habeeb just needed to prove that his animals were in good
health so he could pass them off into the exotic pet trade.
It was May 2017, and he was anticipating a big payday.
When his visitor left the room, ostensibly to
get a colleague, Habeeb didn’t even look up. But minutes later, agents from Malaysia’s department of wildlife and parks
flooded his room. The would-be buyer, as it turned out, was an undercover agent
with the Wildlife Justice... Read More..
Indian-origin woman Shamila Batohi appointed head of South Africa's prosecuting authority.
Pretoria, South Africa. Prominent Indian-origin lawyer Shamila Batohi has been appointed to head
South Africa’s prosecuting authority, the first woman to head the agency facing
criticism for its handling of the investigations against former president Jacob
Zuma over corruption charges.
Batohi will start her new role as the National Director of Public
Prosecutions (NDPP) in February 2019.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the appointment of Batohi,
during a nationally-televised address at the government headquarters, the Union
Buildings, on Tuesday.
During his maiden address, Ramaphosa gave the commitment that government
would urgently attend to the leadership crisis at the NPA to ensure the
institution is and able to perform its mandate without any outside
Eleven months later, the prosecuting body now has a new head. Read More ...