A dedicated online platform to support East African prosecutors’ investigations, enforcement and cooperation to crack down on wildlife crime has been launched by the East Africa Association of Prosecutors (EAAP).

The launch comes amidst growing recognition that criminals frequently use trade-based fraud and shell and front companies to launder proceeds from wildlife and other environmental crimes, as highlighted in a landmark report by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) earlier this year (Trade-based Financial Crime, 28 July 2021, New FATF report underlines connections between trade-based fraud and environmental crimes).

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