Providenciales, TCI, December 1, 2016 – The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Angela Brooks was one of the attendees at the “Civil Recovery of the Proceeds of Crime Advocacy Workshop” held in Antigua. This invitation was extended to Mrs. Brooks by Mrs. Nicole Suter, from the Financial Crimes Legal Advisor, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S.
Mrs. Suter conducts practical training throughout the Caribbean territories on anti-money laundering and financial crimes matters.
The training took the form of a live mock trial conducted at the Antiguan High court. Antiguan High Court Judges, Her Ladyships Peraletta Lanns and Henry added the extra realism to the experience by presiding over the matters.
With the Turks and Caicos Islands being one of the 26 countries that comprises the CFATF from South and Central America and the Caribbean and with Turks and Caicos being slated in early 2017 to be evaluated on it National Risk assessment all training in the area of anti-money laundering, combatting terrorist financing and financial crimes is absolutely essential.
“The workshop afforded me the opportunity to work my way through the legislation and provided me with the real practical experience that one can only get from actually attending such an exercise. It is paramount that we at the ODPP continue to educate ourselves, attend and participate in such workshops so that we can be aptly equip to not only to assist the court, advise the police but to remain competent in our profession,” said Mrs. Brooks.
Mrs. Brooks also had the distinct privilege to meet the acquaintance of the Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda, Honorable Steadroy C.O. Benjamin. “It was such a pleasant and cordial experience to meet the Honorable Attorney General. He has a charming personality and he expressed his interest in visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
Mrs. Brooks also had the opportunity to meet the Antigua and Barbuda Solicitor General, Lebrecht Hesse and the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Anthony Armstrong.
“It was an awesome opportunity to network, to meet collogues in the profession and esteem officials from the beautiful islands of Antigua and Barbuda. I was honored to represent the ODPP and by extension my country Turks and Caicos.”