According to him, criminals and criminal organizations are attracted to countries where they could enjoy the proceeds of their crimes and evade the legal consequences of such crimes.
He also noted that while the arrest of criminals is an important component in the fight against crime; it is equally important to withdraw all the means by which criminal organisations may seek to continue their illicit activities.
Mr Correia also called for the strengthening of legal and institutional frameworks that would aid the recovery of stolen assets. He then congratulated GIABA for charting the path for criminal asset recovery in West Africa.
The workshop, which is the first to be organised by GIABA on criminal asset recovery, is expected to enhance the capacity of the participants to recover proceeds of crime in the region, set the stage for the adoption of national and regional asset recovery strategies and policies and ultimately facilitate in combating transnational organised criminal activities, particularly corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing.
Participants at the seminar included judges, prosecutors, investigators and officials of financial intelligence units who are responsible for asset recovery in their respective institutions.