Dominica Lauded for its Success Against Crime

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Programme Manager for the Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Program (CCARP), Eamon Kearney

Programme Manager for the Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Program (CCARP), Eamon Kearney, has lauded Dominica for its success in recovering funds from criminal activities.

During the official opening of the 8th annual regional Proceeds of Crime Conference, on Wednesday April 9th 2014, Kearney noted the country has seized over E.C $362,000 from criminals since the island amended the Proceeds of Crime Act in May 2013.

The Amendment introduced the Asset Forfeiture fund, which Attorney General Levi Peter, says is essential to help retrieve illegal monies for the improvement of society.

He says the legislation provides for the assets to be deposited into that fund and provides the mechanism and processes for those funds to be dispersed.

According to Mr. Kearney, the conference is meant for the delegates to acquire knowledge that they will later apply in their jurisdictions, resulting in better regional collaboration in asset recovery and money laundering matters.

Attorney General Levi Peter

Attorney General Levi Peter

The meeting presents an opportunity for law enforcement and legal practitioners from the 18 jurisdictions representing the Commonwealth Caribbean region, to share best practice and discuss new and innovative ways for recovering assets from criminals.

Mr. Kearney believes a robust asset recovery regime will send a clear message to those involved in serious organized crime that they will not profit from their criminality.

To date, countries who have participated in the Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme, have obtained millions of dollars from crime across the region.

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