Police lack experts

THE Fiji Police Force, Anti-Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Unit does not have the expertise to deal with certain aspects of money laundering cases.

This was revealed by Inspector Aiyaz Ali of the Anti-Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Unit during a presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday.

“We need recruiting of expertise. We need forensic accountants. In one case we had 20 plus cartons of documents (these are payment vouchers and bank statements) so we needed forensic accountants to analyse and give us meaning to these volumes of documents,” Insp Ali said. “We need lawyers and asset managers. This is in relation to the types of properties we seize. We seize outboard engines, we seize hazardous chemicals and we do not have the expertise on how to keep these things.”

Highlighting their challenges, he said the two suggestions they had were either to recruit more expertise or outsource it to other law enforcement agencies.

Inspector Ali said there was a need for more specialised training.

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