Prosecutors General of the SCO countries exchanged experience in the return of criminal assets in Astana

ASTANA. KAZINFORM – The 20th anniversary meeting of the prosecutors general of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (hereinafter referred to as the SCO) was held in the capital of Kazakhstan today, Kazinform reports with reference to press service General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

It was attended by the Attorneys General of the Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the online Attorney General of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China, the Solicitor General of India and the Additional Attorney General of Pakistan.

Opening the meeting, the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan, Berik Asylov, noted the role of the organization, which has firmly established itself as an authoritative expert platform for discussing measures aimed at combating transnational crime in the region.

Gizat Nurdauletov, Assistant to the President – Secretary of the Security Council, delivered a welcoming speech on behalf of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Zhang Ming, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in his speech stressed the importance of cooperation between supervisory authorities in order to protect human rights and respond to modern challenges and threats.

Recall that the main topic of the meeting was the exchange of experience and discussion of best practices and problems in the recovery of criminal assets.

It is noted that transnational economic crime is a global threat that not only encroaches on security, but also undermines the stability, transparency and efficiency of financial systems.

According to international experts, the annual difference in the trade turnover of the SCO member states with other countries is about 675 billion US dollars.

It is possible that some of these cash flows are used for criminal purposes, including the financing of terrorism and extremism.

In this context, the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan shared his experience of repatriation of criminal capital.

In particular, he informed his colleagues about the activities of the Interdepartmental Commission headed by him to combat the illegal concentration of economic resources, which was formed by the Decree of the President of Kazakhstan.

As Berik Asylov noted, crime annually causes irreparable damage to the economies of our countries. Only close interaction and joint work can create an insurmountable barrier to such challenges.

Shri Tushar Mehta spoke about the measures taken in India to combat transnational economic crimes.

Zhang Jun – Prosecutor General of China informed the participants of the meeting about the mechanisms and tools used in the PRC to recover assets obtained by criminal means and taken abroad.

Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov also spoke about Russian experience in this area.

Prosecutor General of Tajikistan Yusuf Rahmon made a report on measures to prevent the illegal withdrawal of funds and other valuables obtained by criminal means and transferred abroad.

Kurmankul Zulushev, Prosecutor General of the Kyrgyz Republic and Nigmatilla Yuldashev, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Uzbekistan, spoke about the work of interdepartmental commissions for the search and return of assets illegally withdrawn abroad.

As part of the discussion, the delegates were unanimous in their opinion on the need to build partnerships between the law enforcement agencies of the SCO member states and join efforts to improve communications in order to effectively work to combat transnational economic crimes.

As a result of the event, the heads of the Prosecutor General’s Offices signed a meeting protocol that defines priority tasks for further interaction and exchange of best practices on the return of stolen assets.

After signing the protocol, Berik Asylov held bilateral meetings with foreign colleagues on the issues of further development of international cooperation.


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