Continuation of Support to the Strengthening of prosecutorial capacities in BiH

BiH Prosecutors attended a specialized anti-corruption training organized by CEELI Institute

Published on: April 28, 2017

USAID’s Justice Activity, from April 24-28 2017, supported the participation of 11 prosecutors from its partner prosecutor's offices in the advanced anti-corruption training which was focused on the investigation and prosecution of corruption in the public sector. The training was organized by the CEELI Institute in Prague. In addition to participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the training was attended by prosecutors, investigators and expert legal associates from anti-corruption agencies of Montenegro, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Russia.

The training of prosecutors was designed around a complex case-study, which included an analysis of the different stages of investigation and hypothetical investigative activities focused on the discovery of a complex network of perpetrators of corrupt acts in the public sector. Through the work on the case-study the participants covered a series of individual topics that are crucial for the success of an investigation, namely: planning an investigation, sources of documentary evidence, search of online databases, collection and analysis of electronic documents, suspicious circumstances and warnings that indicate corruptive behavior, forensic accounting / data analytics, integration of financial records and other documentary evidence, questioning witnesses and defendants regarding important facts.

The Justice Activity thus supported partner Prosecutor Offices, namely: Cantonal Prosecutors’ Offices Tuzla, Sarajevo, Orašje and Zenica, the District Prosecutors’ Offices from Banja Luka, Bijeljina, and the Special Department for Organized Crime and the most serious forms of Economic Crime of the Republic Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Srpska. Prosecutors from these partner POs had the opportunity not only to hear the lectures of leading experts in the field of investigation of corruption in the public sector, but also, through practical case studies, to demonstrate their own investigative skills and work on upgrading them.