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Criminal Asset Recovery Workshop for Officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau

24-26 January 2017

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers has successfully delivered a Workshop on Criminal Asset Recovery to officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau. The course which took place over 3 days was held at Dewan Permai at the Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters in Jalan Tungku, Gadong.

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The workshop which was attended by 15 officers saw participants being briefed about the provisions of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 as well as the powers of investigations that can be exercised under the law. The workshop that was conducted by Hjh Suriana Binti Hj Radin and Christopher Ng Ming Yew, both Deputy Senior Counsels and Deputy Public Prosecutors focused on how officers from the Narcotics Control Bureau should use the additional powers conferred on them under the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 in conjunction with their powers under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27 in order to better investigate narcotics cases with financial elements involved. Topics such as international cooperation, securing and tracing assets, asset management and drafting affidavits for forfeiture applications were also covered by the presenters of the course. Participants were also engaged in discussion of various case studies in order to apply what they had learnt over the duration of the workshop. The workshop concluded with the presentation of certificates to the 15 participants.NCB 3.jpeg

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The holding of the workshop marks the 3rd time such a workshop has been successfully organized by the Criminal Justice Division of the AGC, following workshops conducted previously for the Commercial Crimes Investigations Division of the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Anti-Corruption Bureau in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The holding of such workshops marks the initiative of the Attorney General’s Chambers to further educate and spread awareness on the laws of Brunei Darussalam to law enforcement agencies which bear the task of implementing them. The workshop was also aimed at increasing cooperation between the AGC and the NCB and to encourage a greater focus on financial investigations with the aim of depriving criminals of their profits and proceeds. The workshop also built upon the Narcotics Control Bureau’s 2 successful criminal asset recovery applications which were granted by the High Court in 2016 as well as the establishment of the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Financial Investigation Unit aimed at investigating the financial dimension of cases involving drugs.

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