St Kitts-Nevis magistrates get tools to prevent and disrupt organised crime

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Two St Kitts and Nevis magistrates are getting the necessary tools to assist them in the prevention and disruption of organised crime, including drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offences.

Senior Magistrate Josephine Mallalieu-Webbe and Magistrate Simone Bullen were among magistrates and prosecutors from several Caribbean countries who reviewed a proposed prosecutorial code, which offers a way forward in harnessing ‘Best Practice’ for police and prosecutors in the fight against crime.

Mark Sutherland Williams, a United Kingdom barrister, an expert in proceeds of crime legislation and author of several publications on the subject, and Oliver Powell, also a UK barrister, gave presentations and training modules on money laundering offences, cash seizures, confiscation and civil forfeiture.

From the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, Dan Suter, currently criminal justice adviser for the British government in the Eastern Caribbean also attended the Antigua and Barbados workshops presenting and facilitating working sessions on the proposed prosecutorial code.

The two day workshops commenced were held in Antigua early this month and were also held in Trinidad and Barbados.

Magistrates and prosecutors were drawn from several countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

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