UN recognises Jersey work on asset recovery

Posted: 20/05/2019

United Nations officials have recognised Jersey’s good practice in returning stolen assets to their rightful country.  

At an international meeting in Addis Ababa, the Officer-in-Charge of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Brigitte Strobel-Shaw, said: “UNODC recognises the innovative work that the governments of Kenya, Jersey, Switzerland and the UK have undertaken in developing the Framework for Return of Assets from Crime and Corruption in Kenya (FRACCK). 

“The FRACCK is a novel approach to facilitating asset return and has generated interest internationally. The international expert meeting on the return of stolen assets provided a valuable opportunity for officials from Jersey and Kenya to jointly present on lessons learned from the FRACCK; this dialogue is important for strengthening good practices on asset return to foster sustainable development.”

Government of Jersey officials represented the island at the three-day meeting, co-hosted by UNODC and the governments of Switzerland and Ethiopia, where participants from around the world gathered to identify good practice for the return of asset recovery. 

Examples of best practice included:
• Early and sustained dialogue between requesting and requested states
• Open access to information about returns through greater transparency
• The need to learn lessons and shared examples from previous experience.

Ian Gorst portraitFRACCK support

There was significant international interest in the FRACCK signed between Jersey and Kenya. Jersey’s Director of Global Markets & International Agreements, Tom Le Feuvre, delivered a panel session on the development of the FRACCK, alongside Ms Maryann Njau-Kimani, Senior Deputy Solicitor General at the Kenyan Office of the Attorney General. 

Participants commented favourably on the purpose and objectives of the FRACCK as it aligns with the principles of Global Forum on Asset Recovery in establishing clear lines of communication and shared principles for the return of assets between multiple jurisdictions. 

Jersey became a core donor to the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) in May 2018 and Jersey’s Attorney-General, Robert MacRae, hosted the ICAR Winter donor meeting in November 2018.

Jersey’s Minister for External Relations, Senator Ian Gorst (pictured), signed the FRACCK on behalf of Jersey in December 2018 and also signed a bilateral Memorandum on Financial Cooperation with between Jersey and Kenya. 

Senator Gorst said: “Presenting on the FRACCK with our Kenyan partners demonstrates Jersey’s inclusive and pioneering approach to asset return, thereby placing the island at the forefront of positive international conversations on this important issue. 

“Increasing Jersey’s visibility and access to decision-makers in respected multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations, is an essential part of the Government of Jersey’s Global Markets strategy.”

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