Kuwaiti newspaper newspaper | “Integrity” seminar discusses the recovery of funds looted by organized crimes

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The Vice-President of the Public Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), Counselor Nawaf Al-Mahmal, confirmed the authority’s zeal since its establishment to strengthen the ties and mutual relations of cooperation with all sectors and national government and non-governmental organizations . organizations, which believe in the importance of national cooperation and continuous procedural coordination with all local and international institutions and organizations related to the prevention of corruption. Corruption and its fight.

This took place during a symposium on “Investigation and follow-up on the recovery of stolen funds by organized crimes” organized this morning by “Nazaha” in collaboration with the Kuwait Society for the Defense of Public Funds, at the authority’s headquarters in the Shamiya- area is organized. .

Al-Mahmal pointed out that Kuwait is keen to, through the provisions of Law No. to follow up their procedures and point out that the law sets out the objectives and powers of “integrity”, including: work to combat and prevent corruption Its risks and consequences, the prosecution of its perpetrators, the confiscation and recovery of funds and proceeds arising from its practice in accordance with the law, and the follow-up of the procedures and measures undertaken by the competent authorities to recover funds and proceeds arising from corruption crimes in accordance with applicable laws.

Support of civil society

For his part, the treasurer of the Kuwait Association for the Defense of Public Money, Fahd Al-Nasser, said that “Nazaha” worked hard to fight corruption and spoilers, therefore the national strategy to improve integrity was launched to achieve the principles of sustainable development. and the vision of “Kuwait 2035”, which calls on civil society to strive to implement its responsibilities and role in cooperation. With the rest of the state institutions and international organizations to highlight their role in supporting the state’s efforts to recover expropriated funds through research, awareness raising and community support Al-Nasser called for taking advantage of international experiences and fit into the local reality, including the Malaysian and Swiss experience, to achieve specific applicable recommendations that promote this country.

For her part, the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Acting Resident Coordinator, Nasreen Rabiean, emphasized that the protection of public money is a shared responsibility, pointing out that the United Nations, through its competent bodies, organizations and international conventions, make serious global efforts and efforts in this area to fight corruption in all its forms and protect public money. Believe that tackling corruption is essential to protect human rights and promote democratic accountability.

rule of law

The representative of the Fatwa and Legislation Department, State Attorney Fahd Al-Azmi, said that Law No. state to the rule of law and institutions.

Al-Azmi added that the “Fatwa and Legislation” is a department established by Law No. 12 of 1962 is regulated which reports to the executive and which has prior review and subsequent supervisory powers and aims to defend the interests of the public treasury in all cases brought. before or from the courts at home and abroad, legal review of state contracts and prior supervision In addition to expressing legal opinion on what is required by the Council of Ministers, ministries, departments and reconciliation, review and drafting of draft laws, proposals for laws, draft decrees, regulations and executive decisions of laws.

For his part, the head of the Kuwaiti Association for the Defense of Public Funds Abdullah Al-Bakr stated that the crimes committed against public funds, whether through occupation, seizure or facilitation, are diverse and not limited and take many forms. These crimes that are committed. by individuals and organizations is sometimes hidden under the guise of administrative routine or normal transaction.

Al-Bakr pointed to the role of civil society in confronting and detecting these crimes by reporting them to the competent authorities in order to protect these funds.

“Financial investigations” and suspicious returns

The acting secretary-general of the anti-corruption authority, dr. Muhammad Buzbar on the mechanisms used to search and investigate the recovery of looted funds, explaining that “Nazaha” is one of the supervisory authorities involved in combating the crime of corruption, and there are legislative and ” informal” enforcement mechanisms in addition to proposed mechanisms. .

Buzbar stated that the Financial Intelligence Unit is responsible for receiving, requesting, analyzing and transmitting information related to suspected proceeds of crime or funds related thereto or that may be used to carry out money laundering or terrorist financing operations in accordance with the provisions of this law.

He explained that “Nazaha” has representation in the National Committee on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, noting that Kuwait ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2006 and, in accordance with Article 6 of this agreement, is the Public Anti-Corruption Authority established by Act No. 2 of 2016 and the nature of the Anti-Corruption Act It is a supplementary criminal and a revealing criminal as well as a preventive law.

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