Judicial officers attend T&T workshop on curbing organized crime

Local magistrates and prosecutors were scheduled to attend a one-day workshop in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday focusing on the proceeds of crime and money laundering.

Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and Magistrates Hazel Octive Hamilton and Adela Nagamootoo along with Director of Public Prose-cutions Shalimar Ali-Hack, Deputy Direc-tor of Public Prosecutions Jo-Ann Barlow and Senior State Counsel Sonia Joseph were expected to represent Guyana, according to a press release from the British High Commission in Georgetown.

The aim of the workshop was to help in the prevention and disruption of organized crime, including drug trafficking, money laundering and firearm offences. The release said that participants would have reviewed a proposed prosecutorial code, which will offer a way forward in harnessing ‘best practice’ for police and prosecutors in the fight against crime.

The Trinidad workshop was the second of three such workshops being held across the Caribbean by  the British High Commissions of Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, with additional support from the Government of Canada.

This follows a highly successful Eastern Caribbean Judicial conference in December last year which targeted judges and magistrates.

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