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FIRST SEMINAR ON OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE (OSINT) AND ASSET RECOVERY

15.10.2017

Last week RiskMonitor Foundation organized the first seminar on the use of open source intelligence in the investigation and recovery of illegal assets. The seminar took place October 10-12, 2017, in Sandanski. The initiative was part of the project Better Investigation and Recovery of Assets Related to Trafficking in Human Beings, co-funded by the ISF Program of DG Home Affairs and Migration. The project is implemented by three organizations, coordinator Freedom House Romania and partners RiskMonitor Foundation (Bulgaria) and the Center for Security and Criminological Research (Italy). 

Participants in the seminar included experts from the Asset Recovery Office (ARO) as well as prosecutors and judges from the Specialized Court and the Specialized Prosecution in Bulgaria. For two days Bulgarian and EU experts discussed the bottlenecks and opportunities for using digital technologies and open sourse intelligence in the investigation of crimes, in particular trafficking in human beings, and the recovery of the proceeds of crime. Mr Trifon Trifonov from the Bulgarian ARO and Judge Adelina Ivanova, from the Specialized Court, presented the experience of their institutions in tackling financial crime and using open data in the investigation and the trial phase. The international team of speakers included Judge Camelia Bogdan, PhD, from the Bucharest Court of Appeals, and expert in the filed of tackling financial crime, who spoke on her experience of asset recovery in criminal cases in Romania. Mr Lawrie Day, CEO of AML Consulting (Global) Ltd, engaged the audience in a lively discussion on the benefits and dangers in using the internet for police investigations. Prof. Dr. Arthur Hartmann, Director of the Institute of Police and Security and Dean of the Faculty of Law and Taxation (Bremen University, Germany), presented the most recent changes in the German law regarding asset confiscation. Mr Dario Scaletta, Deputy Prosecutor Antimafia District Directorate of Palermo (Italy), presented the experience of his office in investigating and prosecuting trafficking in human beings. A panel discussion at the end of the second day delved deeper into the issues of OSINT and confiscation, as well as the possibilities for regional and EU cooperation in tackling trafficking in human beings, money laundering and asset recovery.

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