Expert meeting on the return of the illicit assets of politically exposed persons to the countries of origin

Bern, Press release, 30.04.2010

From 28.-30.04.2010 in Lausanne, over 40 government experts from 25 countries discussed the problems of returning the illicitly acquired assets of politically exposed persons to the countries of origin. The seminar was organised by Switzerland in conjunction with the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) which is co-financed by the UN and the World Bank. StAR will publish the seminar findings in a conference journal.

Switzerland plays a leading role in the restitution of the assets of politically exposed persons. So far it has restituted about CHF 1.7 billion to various countries of origin. The Lausanne meeting, the fifth of its kind, is part of the Lausanne Process, which seeks to promote exchanges between states affected by corruption and those whose financial centres are misused as receiving states for illicit assets.

The experts identified specific obstacles to the confiscation and restitution of the illicit assets of politically exposed persons and made practical proposals on how to solve the problem. As in previous meetings, the experts looked at specific cases. The solutions discussed could serve as the basis for possible amendments to national legislation. They could also provide stimulating ideas for the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

This year's seminar was organised for the first time together with StAR, which was jointly founded in 2007 by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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