Ibero-American Network Will Strengthen International Enforcement Cooperation, Especially Against Corruption

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Friday, July 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
During June 2004, at the 14th Conference of Ibero-American Ministers of Justice in Fortaleza, Brazil, recommended adaptation of penal law to combat transnational crime and greater agility in international judicial cooperation through the establishment of an Ibero-American network for this purpose. These recommendations occurred in the context of several anti-corruption investigations in Brazil. This article discusses the corruption investigations and efforts by Brazil to strengthen its capacities to engage in international judicial cooperation. An example of efforts of Brazilian authorities to investigate and prosecute public corruption, even where the proceeds are abroad (as is often the case), is that pursuant to one of the investigations, "Operation Anaconda," they have sought to recover proceeds of crime in Florida...[more]