Pros­e­cu­tors get spe­cial train­ing

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Pros­e­cu­tors of the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion last week un­der­went a six- day train­ing “Spe­cial­is­ing in Fraud Pros­e­cu­tion”, which ended on Satur­day. Un­der­stand­ing that pros­e­cut­ing fraud re­lated of­fences are com­plex and of­ten re­quires ex­per­tise to fully com­pre­hend the cases, the Com­mis­sion en­gaged the ser­vices of United King­dom bar­ris­ter David Fitz­patrick who also prac­tices in Hong Kong. Mr Fitz­patrick has worked as a pros­e­cu­tor for the Hong Kong govern­ment and con­ducted many pros­e­cu­tions for the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion (ICAC) in Hong Kong.

He is also one of the ed­i­tors in the 3rd Edi­tion of “Bribery and Cor­rup­tion Law in Hong Kong” au­thored by Ian McWal­ters SC.

fo­cussed on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments on Bribery and Cor­rup­tion Law in Hong Kong and other Com­mon law coun­tries in­clud­ing Fiji. The pros­e­cu­tors of FICAC were given de­tailed lec­tures and train­ing on es­sen­tial el­e­ments of trial and ap­pel­late ad­vo­cacy in re­la­tion to fraud cases.

The last two days of train­ing in­cluded the In­ves­ti­ga­tors of the Com­mis­sion. One of the key ar­eas fo­cused dur­ing the com­bined train­ing was the pro­vi­sions of money laun­der­ing un­der Pro­ceeds of Crimes Act. In light of the amend­ments to the laws gov­ern­ing FICAC and the ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties given un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crimes Act, FICAC is now ex­pand­ing its ju­ris­dic­tions into in­ves­ti­gat­ing and pros­e­cut­ing money laun­der­ing of­fences as­so­ci­ated with cor­rup­tion re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties. The other im­por­tant area of the com­bined train­ing was on the as and ef­fec­tive in­ter­view­ing of sus

tech­niques and the ef­fec­tive meth­ods of in­ter­view­ing sus­pects un­der cau­tion with a view of us­ing such in­ter­view as ad­mis­si­ble ev­i­dence in court at­tracted the great at­ten­tion of the par­tic­i­pants. FICAC vig­or­ously en­deav­ours to main­tain its in­tegrity and trans­parency in its func­tions as a law en­force­ment agency.

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