Judges of African Portuguese speaking countries discuss recovery of public assets

Luanda – Roughly 30 judges of the African Portuguese Speaking Countries (PALOP) and East Timor are since Wednesday gathered in Luanda to share information and strengthen criminal justice techniques, as well as prevent corruption, money laundering and organized criminality.

This is the first international forum run by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights with support of the Brazilian Institute of Judicial Administration System, aimed at reinforcing the theoretical and practical exchange between the magistrates, as well as the creation and increase of collaborative networks and mechanism for international judicial cooperation.

Speaking on the three-day forum, the Angolan minister of Justice and Human Rights, Francisco Queiroz, said he believes it will enable to create collaborative networks between the judges of the 3rd Region of SAPound o Paulo (Brazil), the Court of Justice of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and the Court of Appeal of A�vora (Portugal).

The discussions are to be focused on the loss of assets and their recovery, the corresponding procedural and institutional systems and international cooperation in this area, at a time Angola has passed a repatriation law of State assets illicitly transferred from the country, whose grace period is of 180 days – period in which those with assets illegally transferred abroad voluntarily must return them without fear of being made criminally accountable – whose deadline is set for December.

It is expected that the judges’ reflections be further elaborated in order to be properly used in justice administration and in specific situations involving recovery of assets in each national jurisdiction.

The forum is part of the Programme of Support for the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP and East Timor (PACED), under the support of the European Union and the CamAes Institute.

Source: Angola Press News Agency