The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) is a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds. StAR works with developing countries and financial centers to prevent laundering of the proceeds of corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of stolen assets.
In the beginning of November 2012 the Independent Authority Against Corruption (Here and on referred to as “IAAC”) of Mongolia sent a formal letter requesting assistance with conducting “a detailed evaluation of Mongolian legal framework on supporting recovery of stolen assets, consultation on developing Mutual legal assistance relationship with other countries and training course on special skills to recover stolen assets for investigators”. In result of this formal request 16-18 January 2013. Oliver Stolpe, Nigel Bartlett, Jeanne Hatch, Tanya Santuchi, Je Su Yu arrived in Ulaanbaatar to make a specific determination of the requirements and appropriate assistance from StAR initiative to reply the formal request.
After the visit, the following activities have been conducted between 2013-2015 with the StAR initiative:
- Primary training course on financial investigation
- Primary training course on MLA/International cooperation
- Workshop on drafting handbook for MLA
- Primary training course and consultation workshop on asset and income declarations
- Workshop on proposals to the General prosecution regulation on MLA
- Advanced training courses: Asset and income declarations, Financial investigation, Mutual legal assistance/International cooperation
Proving the elements of corruption offences and mutual legal assistance
The courses have trained over 90 staff members of IAAC, Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court, General Prosecutor’s Office, General Police Agency and the General Intelligence Agency.