Officials Trained in Countering Organised Crime, Money Laundering

The Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance (ILSTA) joined with the Office of the Supreme People’s Prosecutor (OSPP) on 8th May in Bokeo Province to continue its series of trainings on organized crime and money laundering, with a focus on typologies of crime, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

The training,with the financial support of the Ministry of Finance of Luxembourg, was officially opened by Vice President of the Supreme People’s Prosecutor BounyangChandalasane and ILSTA President Richard Philippart, and was attended by some 50 participants from the Provincial People’s Prosecutor and Public Security Departments of four Northern Provinces:Bokeo, LuangNamtha, LuangPrabang and Sayabouly, as well as OSPP central and expertsfrom ILSTA.

This initiative is part of a series of trainings that ILSTA, in partnership with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, is delivering to law enforcement officials nationwide.

The trainings willimprove awareness, understanding and exchange best practices about different types of emergingorganised crime money laundering, with a particular focus on human trafficking in order that law enforcement officialsarebetter able to address these issues in their respective provinces.

Similar trainings are also foreseen for key law enforcement officials in other northern provinces, central provinces as well as southern provinces throughout this year.

This trainingprogrammeis conducted under the framework of the ILSTA-OSPP five-year cooperation planand forms part of a range of initiatives focusing on capacity building in the legal sector.ILSTA is supporting the Lao government in its efforts to strengthen key legal institutions and develop a state governed by the rule of law.

Source: Lao News Agency