The Anti-Corruption Commission, Sierra Leone (ACC-SL) has participated in the Ninth Open-Ended Independent Inter-governmental Working Group meeting on Asset Recovery in Vienna on the 3rd and 4th September, 2015. Maurice Williams, Director, Systems and Processes Review Department led the Delegation and was accompanied by; Koloneh Sankoh, Director, Public Education and Outreach and Nabilahi-Musa Kamara, Director, National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).
This working group was set up by the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in resolution1/4 entitled: “Establishment of an Inter-governmental working group on Asset Recovery.”
Moreover, in resolution 2/3, 3/3, 4/4 and 5/3, the Conference decided that the open-ended data intergovernmental working group on Asset Recovery should continue its work to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate on the return of the proceeds of corruption. The conference also decided that the working group should consider the existing body of studies for the development of best practices in asset recovery, including but not limited to the studies of the stolen Asset Recovery Initiative.
Moreover, the Conference renewed its commitment to effective national action on International Cooperation to give full effect to Chapter V of the Convention and to continue effectively the recovery of the proceeds of corruption.
Sierra Leone has made impressive progress in the domestication of the provisions of the UNCAC. Additionally, since the passage of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008, the Commission has recovered over $4 million US dollars made payable to the consolidated revenue fund, signifying a significant gain in the fight against the pandemic and the recovery of stolen resources.
Important to note also is, the Commission had been rated very high in UNCAC peer review country’s assessment appertaining to the implementation of the provisions of the Convention, dealing with Prevention, International Cooperation and Criminalization.
Head of Delegation Maurice Williams at the Conference passionately emphasized the Commission’s unrelenting resolve to ensuring that proceeds of corruption and stolen funds are retrieved and paid into the country’s kitty.
He further stressed the Country’s determination to implementing the provisions of the UNCAC to the letter.
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