News briefing week of 06 December

06/12 Cocaine Comrades: The Balkan ties of a fallen Colombian drug trafficker. From Marcos and Soldado to Tito and Chiquito, the drug trafficking ties between Colombia and the Balkans run deep. 08/12 Europol Pandora Papers report warns of ‘parallel underground system’ exploited by criminal networks. In an interview with ICIJ member Kristof Clerix, Europol director…

International Anti-Corruption Day 2021- GIFP overview of anti-corruption efforts

“Corruption is the ultimate betrayal of public trust”, stated António Guterres, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, as he was addressing the world on corruption in the context of the global health crisis of COVID-19. Since 2003, the UN has instituted the 9th of December as the International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of this…

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SEACOP holds technical meetings in Colombia

Last week, SEACOP Regional Coordinator for Latin America Alfredo Diaz Sanchez and representatives from Frontex, held a series of joint technical meetings with Colombian counterparts. In Bogota, the delegation met with the Police Port Area Chief Colonel Yasid Montaño, the Head of the Antinarcotic Directorate-General General Alarcon and representatives from Colombia’s National Navy, in a meeting coordinated…

News briefing week of 29 November

29/11 Global coalition seizes 145.3 tonnes of cocaine – Colombia’s navy. Military and police authorities from more than 40 countries across Europe and the Americas confiscated 145.3 tonnes of cocaine in the eighth phase of Operation Orion, a multinational naval operation against drug trafficking, Colombia’s navy said on Monday. 29/11 12 online fraudsters arrested in…

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Minister stresses importance of SEACOP for Trinidad

Last week, the SEACOP team wrapped up its outreach meetings to the Caribbean. Team Leader Dominique Bucas and Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Karen Clarke held a successful final meeting in Trinidad and Tobago where they met with National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds, in the presence of H.E. Peter Cavendish, Ambassador and Head of Delegation…

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SEACOP partakes in 1st National Steering Committee in Guyana

SEACOP in Guyana 🇬🇾 this week! At the first National Steering Committee held in Guyana, SEACOP Team Leader Dominique Bucas and Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Karen Clarke can be seen pictured with Hon. Robeson Benn, Minister of Home Affairs of Guyana and H.E. Fernando Ponz Canto, Ambassador of the European Union. A number of…

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SEACOP meets Barbados counterparts to discuss future cooperation

The SEACOP team continues its outreach meetings in the Caribbean, with a visit to Barbados last Friday 27 November 2021. Led by Team Leader Dominique Bucas and Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Karen Clarke, the SEACOP delegation met with Commodore E.R. Shurland, head of Barbados Defense force, Graham Archer from the Regional Security System and Captain…

News briefing week of 22 November

22/11 GI-TOC uncovers the scope of contract killings linked to organized crime. At least 2,700 contract killings took place in 2019 and 2020 in more than 80 countries, enabling criminals to silence those who oppose them and dissuade efforts into investigating their activities, according to a Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) report. 23/11…

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SEACOP kicks off bilateral meetings in Jamaica

Last week, SEACOP Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Karen Clarke kicked off a series of outreach visits to partner countries of the region, starting with Jamaica on 22-25 November 2021. She met with a number of key local stakeholders, namely Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Customs Agency and Jamaica Defence Force – Coastguard, to discuss further…