Belfast Telegraph

Conference highlights crime success

The success of Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) will be highlighted at a conference on crime.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) - the world's largest regional security organisation - will meet in Dublin Castle this week.

Ireland will chair the organisation, which boasts members from 56 countries, and will promote measures to tackle counter corruption, money-laundering, terrorist financing, and the identification and recovery of the proceeds of criminal activity.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said CAB has played its part in tackling the proceeds of suspected criminal activities through the recovery of millions of euro.

Its work will be highlighted as a model for other participating states to consider.

"I strongly believe that the multidisciplinary structure of the Criminal Assets Bureau and the supporting legislative framework represent an effective model that is both fair and balanced," said Mr Shatter.

"The Irish Government is committed to further strengthening the operation of this model in this jurisdiction and I propose to do all I can to advance this model at international fora such as the OSCE and, of course, with my European Union colleagues in the context of current European Union initiatives."

Mr Shatter said a priority for the OSCE is to assist all its countries in building democratic and accountable state institutions.

Countries from Europe, Central Asia and North America are part of the OSCE, which Ireland is chairing for the first time.

Mr Shatter said he firmly believed weak governance undermines economic development and exposes states to greater security risks: "The OSCE Chairmanship conference this week will provide an excellent opportunity for the member states to explore further this relationship and to promote good governance in aid of our greater socio economic development and a more stable and secure environment for all."

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