Published At Oct 8, 2018
The EAG/CIS ATC/Interpol joint workshop on strengthening cooperation between financial intelligence units and law enforcement agencies in combating terrorist financing was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 2-4 October 2018.
The event consisted of two-day training sessions and a joint workshop for representatives of EAG/CIS financial intelligence units and law enforcement agencies
Participants in the Analytical Methods of Open-Source Data Collection (Internet Intelligence) section learned about the methods of collecting, processing and using data from public sources for investigative purposes, as well as solutions for maximizing the Internet's potential. Particular attention was paid to complex approaches to data monitoring and the rules for using analytical technology and Internet intelligence to solve real-world search tasks. After the training, participants worked on the skills required to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice.
The second section was devoted to the use of Interpol tools and services (databases) to identify, suppress and investigate terrorist financing. Participants learned about the structure of Interpol's databases, including automated information tracking and search systems; discussed the mechanism for entering personal data into the General Secretariat's database, including the contents of a request and the procedure for verifying information about terrorist offences of international concern; and studied the three modes of cooperation between domestic law enforcement agencies, the General Secretariat and foreign law enforcement agencies of Interpol member states in combating terrorism.
The final day of the workshop, attended by representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Interpol and Europol, was devoted to the discussion of the methods used in different regions to identify individuals involved in terrorist financing, including through the purchase of airline tickets. Participants reviewed the indicators of transactions required for parallel financial and criminal investigations against terrorist associates; discussed the relevance and appropriateness of using financial intelligence to identify returnees and displaced persons; and studied the findings of CIS prosecution authorities' analysis of criminal cases, with a focus on the difficulties encountered in the investigation of and support for public prosecution of criminal cases related to terrorist financing.
According to the workshop participants, terrorism and extremism continue to pose a major threat to the EAG region and the CIS. In particular:
In this regard, it is necessary not only to step up efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, including through their early detection, but also to use new techniques and methods for collecting and recording information on terrorist financing.
The workshop participants, acting in the interests of national security and based on their understanding of the importance of further actions to improve the effectiveness of cooperation between financial intelligence units and law enforcement in investigating TF crimes, have proposed the following:
The workshop ended with the adoption of an outcome document.