On September 20 a conference titled “Cooperation between the Financial Monitoring Center of the Central Bank of Armenia and the law enforcement agencies: Implementation of several provisions related to confiscation under the international conventions ratified by the Republic of Armenia” was held at the “Tsaghkatsor” Regional Centre of Armenia. Representatives from the Financial Monitoring Centre (hereafter FMC), Justice Academy, law enforcement and judicial agencies, Chamber of Advocates, as well as other state agencies engaged in AML/CFT policy making issues participated in the conference. During the conference issues related to cooperation between the FMC and law enforcement agencies, including: peculiarities of using the information provided by administrative type FIUs as an intelligence in international practice, reasons and grounds for instigating money laundering criminal cases according to the RA legislation, analysis of the FMC, as well as the process of thereof and etc. were discussed. Besides, a reference was made to the implementation of several provisions related to confiscation under international conventions ratified by the Republic of Armenia. Thereupon, the participants highlighted importance of taking steps towards the implementation of the following: demonstrating the lawful origin of the property by the accused in relation to grave and particularly grave crimes, non-conviction based confiscation, mechanisms for managing seized and confiscated property.
The participants appreciated organization of such discussions pointing the need of continuous exchange of knowledge and experience related to the issues discussed during the conference.