As part of the on-going training to prosecutors and investigators in Georgia, Arvinder Sambei and Paula Lavric (Orsin, Romania) delivered a two day training workshop on investigating corruption cases.

At the request of the General Prosecutors’ Office (GPO), the two day workshop was delivered through a combination of presentations and a practical case study which dealt with the following topics:

  • Investigative techniques (analysis of each step of investigation) and strategy;
  • Types of expertise used;
  • Conducting undercover operations in relation to corruption offenses;
  • Grounds to start prosecution;
  • Body of evidence/standards;
  • Admissibility/relevance of evidence and standards during trial;
  • Preventive measures existed to fight against corruption;
  • International cooperation/MLA;
  • Any particularity of investigation of corruption cases in relation to foreign citizens;
  • Evidence Gathering and use of evidence (direct/indirect evidence).

June 2019 Tbilisi, GeorgiaIn addition to the issues identified by GPO, the practical exercise also considered practical aspects of managing a corruption case, including;

  1. Case management and the process of planning;
  2. Setting up the teams;
  3. Building investigation & prosecution strategies (investigation plan);
  4. Risk assessment and management – threats and vulnerabilities; how to mitigate the risks;
  5. Investigative techniques, including special investigation means;
  6. Evidence analysis;
  7. Trial issues: witness protection measures, ensuring a fair trial, expert evidence, presentation of financial evidence;
  8. Preventive measures and provisional measures;

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