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UK-Spain Asset Recovery Forum


British and Spanish experts met in Madrid from 24th to 26th February to address the issue of asset recovery and to deepen the knowledge of each country´s legal framework, with a view to improving performance in this area. Asset recovery is crucial for successfully tackling organised crime by ensuring criminals are deprived of their ill-gotten gains.

Building on the excellent cooperation that exists between Spain and the UK, participants presented on investigative techniques and the solutions that each legal system offers to ensure that criminals are not only brought to justice but also deprived of the proceeds of their crimes, thus preventing both countries from being perceived by criminals as safe havens for criminal assets.

The experts present committed to enhancing existing operational partnerships to ensure all possible steps are taken to recover the proceeds of crime in both Spain and the UK. To this end participants welcomed the announcement made by the UK Crown Prosecution Service concerning the upcoming appointment of a new Asset Recovery Advisor to Spain and the recent appointment of a Spanish Liaison Magistrate to the UK as a significant step forward. Participants agreed to explore the possibility of a working group to further cooperation and exchange best practice.

The participants follow with great interest discussions in the UK to rejoin Framework Decision 2006/783/JHA, on the application of the mutual recognition of confiscation decisions, which will strengthen future cooperation in this area.

Participants expressed their commitment to continue to work together to reduce substantially the level of serious and organised crime affecting both countries through the investigation and prosecution of organised crime, and the tracing, freezing and confiscation of the proceeds of crime.

Representatives of the Interior Ministry and counterparts in the UK will explore ways to deepen their cooperation on confiscation cases and look to draw up a list of priority cases.{jcomments on}

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