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Money Laundering Investigation Manual (MLIM)

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The Money Laundering Investigation Manual (MLIM) is a specialized product, developed to support the operational work of civil servants, investigation authorities and members of the judiciary in Bulgaria. The MLIM examines and summarizes the main trends, legal framework and the operational activities for the investigation and prosecution of money laundering offences. The publication offers a detailed overview of (a) the national and international legal frameworks for countering money laundering; (b) the specifics of the money laundering offence within the operational work of law enforcement authorities; (c) the investigation process of money laundering; (d) the mutual legal assistance in cases of money laundering; and (e) the process for identification and confiscation of property acquired from criminal and illegal activity.

The MLIM was prepared at the initiative of the Center for the Study of Democracy and is intended for use by officials of the Ministry of Interior, the State Agency for National Security, the National Investigation Service, the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Commission for countering corruption and for confiscation of illegally acquired assets.

The development of the Handbook involved cooperation and contribution from representatives of the state administration and the judiciary, including the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor's Office, the Specialized Administrative Directorate "Financial Intelligence" and the Specialized Financial Security Directorate at the State Agency for National Security, the General Directorate "National Police" and the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime at the Ministry of the Interior, and the Commission for countering corruption and for confiscation of illegally acquired assets.

Due to the sensitivity of the information the MLIM is not intended for public use and/or distribution, and was developed for the exclusive ownership of the relevant government authorities. The publication was produced with the financial support of the Bulgarian-Swiss cooperation programme.

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