Andrew Mitchell QC delivers Asset Recovery Expertise in TCI

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A special proceeds of crime seminar that furthered the capabilities of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) authorities took place on Saturday. 

Organised by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the one day course was led by Andrew Mitchell QC covered topics including restraint orders, seizure, confiscation and civil recovery.

Attendees also included TCI public prosecutors, the Attorney General's Chambers crown counsel, the TCI Integrity Commission and special investigations and prosecution team (SIPT) staff.

Three units from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) attended the training course – its criminal investigation department (CID), financial crimes and financial investigations units.

The director of public prosecutions, JoAnn Meloche, acknowledged acting attorney general Rhondalee Knowles and commissioner of police Colin Farquhar for their support in the continuing professional development of those in the public service. 

“It was an informative and engaging presentation with a view to the consistent enforcement of proceeds of crime legislation," said Meloche.

Acting attorney general, Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, welcomed Chambers' participation in practical training from some of the UK’s leading counsel. 

She said, “Civil recovery is a necessary consideration for the attorney general as civil recovery authority in all cases where property is involved and which otherwise cannot be prosecuted by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Andrew Mitchell QC in the Caribbean News: TCI Prosecution May be Imminent

Andrew Mitchell QC has been instructed by the Turks and Caicos Islands Special Investigation and Prosecution Team as Lead Prosecution Counsel in this landmark Corruption case.

'Caribbeannewsnow' wrote:

"PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – The visit this week to the Turks and Caicos Islands of a leading specialist in civil and criminal asset forfeiture has led to renewed speculation locally that the long-expected prosecution of former government ministers on corruption charges may well be imminent.

Andrew Mitchell QC, who was in Grand Turk this week, has been described as the pre-eminent barrister in the field of confiscation, restraint and receivership. He regularly represents government agencies, defendants, receivers and third parties on matters relating to the restraint, receivership and forfeiture of property.

Earlier this year, Mitchell was in Trinidad representing Lawrence Duprey, the former chairman of the collapsed CL Financial group.

The recently released final report of the Turks and Caicos Islands 2008-9 Commission of Inquiry into possible corruption, or other serious dishonesty in relation to past and present elected members of the legislature recommended criminal investigation of five former Cabinet ministers in respect of possible corruption and/or other serious dishonesty including misfeasance in public office in recent years."

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