Advanced Anti-Corruption Training for Serbian Prosecutors
December 12, 2019
USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) partnered with the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, to provide a comprehensive three-day training on investigation and prosecution of corruption cases to the Serbian Public Prosecutor’s Office. Eight Serbian Public Prosecutors and two Financial Forensic Experts from the specialized anti-corruption units in the Public Prosecutors’ Offices from Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad and Kraljevo took part in the training, alongside their colleagues from Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.
Through interactive case-based exercises, the participants improved their skills, including how to identify and assess indicators and red flags of corruption. The training covered the topics related to fraud schemes in public procurement procedures (bid rigging, collusive bidding, bribery, etc.) as well as common methodologies used for money laundering and presentation of best practices for forfeiture proceeds derived from criminal activities. The participants worked on a case study of a complex public procurement fraud case, analyzing the tender documentation, preparing an investigation plan, collecting evidence on money laundering and possible asset recovery opportunities.
The training also focused on the use of new technology and innovative methods: financial and digital forensic techniques, tools for structured and unstructured data analytics in the context of criminal investigations, as well as how the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning can lead to more efficient detection and investigation of complex corruption cases.