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The Second Seminar on Open Source Intelligence and Confiscation of Criminal Assets Took Place in Borovets

16.05.2018

From May 9-11, 2018 the second seminar under the project Better Investigation and Recovery of Assets Related to Human Trafficking took place in Borovets. The seminar was organized by RiskMonitor Foundation, which is one of the partners implementing the project.

The seminar gathered together over 30 representatives of the National Investigation Service and the Anticorruption Commission from Bulgaria. Speakers included both international and national experts. Prosecutor Elena Lorente from the Madrid Prosecution Office, Anticorruption Division, spoke about the Spanish asset recovery office, the ORGA. She presented important information about the legislative framework on confiscation as well as practical cases on confiscation handled by ORGA since 2015. The second speaker was Mr Dario Scaletta, Prosecutor from the Antimafia Directorate in the Palermo Prosecution. His presentation focused oan new challenges to the investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases, in the context of the recent migration and refugee crisis. He also spoke about modern software used by the Italian financial investigators for gathering information on suspects in criminal cases. Mr Lorenzo Segato, from RISSC (Italy) presented the web portal with open data sources developed under the project. The web portal is aimed at investigators and prosecutors from the three partner countries, Bulgaria, Italy and Romania, allowing them to have access to information relevant to their investigative and analytical work. The Bulgarian speakers included Judge Adelina Ivanova from the Specialized Court in Bulgaria, who described recent practices in using open sources in court trials including confiscation procedures. Ms Yuliana Petkova from the National Investigation Service spoke at length about the investigation of trafficking in human beings, referring to European legislative practices as well as the Bulgarian experience. Mr Trifon Trifonov from the newly established Commission for Countering Corruption and Confiscation of Unlawfully Obtained Property (KPKONPI) delivered an engaging presentation, describing the recently adopted anti-corruption and confiscation legislation in Bulgaria. He also highlighted the most important achievements and successful cases handled by the institution in the past several years.

At a roundtable discussion dedicated to the use of open source intelligence the participants shared their opinion on the new challenges of using such sources, including information from the internet, for the successful investigation and prosecution of crimes and recovery of the proceeds of crime.

Representatives of the Bulgarian anticorruption and confiscation commission will be also speakers at a similar event in Italy at the end of May. 

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