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Unlocking Opportunities – Zambia’s DPP Fosters Cooperative Alliances with CPS Proceeds of Crime Division


London, 29 Sep, 2023

Within the energetic cityscape of London, during the 28th International Prosecutors’ Association (IAP) Annual General Meeting, a crucial encounter took place that could chart a new course for the future of justice in Zambia. Zambia’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr. Gilbert Phiri SC, along with his dedicated team, set out on a quest to explore new avenues of collaboration with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Proceeds of Crime Division.

The Crown Prosecution Service Proceeds of Crime Division, commonly known as the CPS PoCD, is a specialised unit within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the United Kingdom. This division plays a vital role in the legal system, focusing on the confiscation and recovery of ill-gotten gains from criminal activities.

One of the primary objectives of the CPS PoCD is to ensure that the confiscated assets are reinvested into the community or used to compensate victims of crime. This reinforces the principle that crime should not pay and contributes to the broader goals of justice, public safety, and social responsibility. The CPS PoCD works tirelessly to disrupt criminal enterprises, recover illicit gains, and promote a fair and just society.

This high-level meeting, held at the prestigious CPS headquarters, signified the mutual commitment of both parties to bolstering international cooperation within the sphere of law enforcement and criminal justice. As Mr. Phiri and his team engaged in discussions with their CPS counterparts, an atmosphere of eager anticipation permeated the room, driven by the promise of forging new horizons in the global battle against criminality.

At its core, the CPS PoCD  boasts expertise in the confiscation of criminal assets and the pursuit of ill-gotten gains, particularly in navigating the intricate complexities of cases involving the proceeds of criminal activities. It is precisely in this arena that the collaboration between Zambia’s National Prosecution Authority and the CPS Proceeds of Crime Division carries immense potential to address transnational crimes effectively. These crimes encompass a wide range of illicit activities, such as money laundering, corruption, and organised crime, where international cooperation is paramount for success.

The importance of such collaborative endeavours cannot be overemphasised. Transnational crimes, by their very nature, transcend borders and jurisdictions, necessitating partnerships between nations and institutions to tackle them efficiently. Zambia, like many other countries, grapples with the challenge of dealing with criminal activities that extend beyond its territorial confines. Aligning with a seasoned institution like the CPS Proceeds of Crime Division offers the prospect of valuable insights and support in handling complex cases that possess international dimensions.

While the specific details of their collaborative efforts remain undisclosed at this juncture, the shared interest and dedication to future cooperation are readily apparent. As Mr. Phiri and his team conclude their visit to London and return to Zambia, they carry with them the blueprint for what could blossom into pioneering initiatives, reshaping the landscape in the battle against transnational crime.

In a world where criminal activities often outpace the capabilities of individual nations, collaborations like this one symbolise a ray of optimism. 

The partnership between Zambia’s DPP and the CPS Proceeds of Crime Division is evidence of the power of international cooperation in the pursuit of justice and the upholding of the rule of law.

As we look ahead, the prospect of enhanced cooperation between Zambia and the UK in the realm of criminal asset recovery and the confiscation of ill-gotten gains could mark a significant turning point in the global battle against transnational crime. Together, they aim to ensure that crime does not go unpunished and that justice prevails, regardless of where the trail of criminal proceeds leads.

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