Special Organised Crime Unit to be established, skilled foreign Investigator to provide training

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) will soon be created and operationalised with the aim of investigating suspected financial transactions of Anti – Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism.

A government official confirmed today, Wednesday November 13 that the Unit will be based out of Eve Leary and under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police and will collaborate with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

The SOCU will recruit persons from the Joint Services, who will receive training from a trained and skilled foreign investigator, who will act a partner to the SOCU Head for the next three years.

Government spokesperson, Dr. Roger Luncheon said that the partnership with the foreign investigator will last for some three years, as the SOCU will be in operation before the end of 2013.

Dr. Luncheon added that Guyana will also look to its bilateral partners for support in the area of technology. He explained that the creation of the unit is in response to the non – implementation of the recommendations of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).

Guyana is gearing to be blacklisted by the CFATF given the fact that the combined political opposition voted down the Amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill.

 

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