By Eric Haurupma – EM TV, Port Moresby
Over 20 magistrates from around the Pacific region are in Port Moresby receiving corruption proceedings training.
Representatives from Solomon Islands, Fiji and PNG are in attendance and all hope to leave with a better understanding of exercising their powers when dealing with cases involving corruption and money laundering.
GovRisk Director, Dominic Lee Moignan, said money laundering is an international issue.
“It is one mechanism where the law and justice in partnership with international organisations have formulated to advocate on money laundering issues and combat financial terrorism across the Pacific region and throughout the world,” he said.
Brit’sh international government and risk institute, GovRisk, supported by the Brit’sh High Commission, conducted the event that is the first of its kind for the region.
It is another milestone for the magisterial service, with the training forming part of its reform aimed at boosting the law and justice sector.
Meanwhile, the main loophole still sits with the implementation of the appropriate legislation, such as the revised Proceeds of Crime Act 2015, to effectively deal with money laundering cases in the country.