GANJA, Azerbaijan, 27 December 2011 – The OSCE Office in Baku launched a training session today in Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, on countering money laundering and financing of terrorism.
Some 20 judges and prosecutors from the Ganja regional court administration took part in the two-day training session, held in co-operation with the Judicial Legal Council of Azerbaijan. They learned about the international legal framework and best practices for handling money laundering and terrorist financing cases.
“This training session supports Azerbaijan’s efforts in line with its OSCE commitments to enforce legislation on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” said Jan Olsson, the Head of the Economic and Environmental Unit at the OSCE Office in Baku. “By training the judiciary and law enforcement in combating financial crime, we seek to promote good governance principles in all dimensions of the Organization’s work.”
The event follows a similar session for judges and prosecutors from the Sheki regional court administration organized by the OSCE Office in Baku and the Judicial Legal Council of Azerbaijan on 13 and 14 December.
The OSCE Office has been supporting the Azerbaijani government in combating money laundering and terrorist financing since 2009. Priorities include training to enhance the capacity of the administration and financial institutions to comply with legislation and international standards, and facilitating international co-operation in this field.