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Wednesday, September 2 • 18:00 - 20:00
Rolling back the red carpet: no safe haven to the corrupt

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What Australia, the US and the UK have in common? They are among the most popular destinations for allegedly corrupt individuals seeking a safe haven for themselves and their ill-gotten gains.

For far too long, corrupt individuals have been allowed to freely enjoy the proceeds of corruption through the purchase of luxury goods and real estate abroad, the use of diplomatic passports and investor’s VISA programmes.

Just last year, a series of scandals involving supposedly corrupt officials hiding in foreign jurisdictions were uncovered, including for instance the son of Kyrgyzstan’s former Prime Minister who owns and resides in a £3.5 million mansion in the UK, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea’s officials purchases of luxury assets and visits to Australia, irregularities in golden visa schemes in Latvia and Portugal, and China’s “fox hunt” for corrupt officials who have fled to Canada, the US, and South Africa, among others.

The G-20 and non-governmental organisations have called on countries to impose travel restrictions on individuals suspected of corruption, believing that, if sufficient guarantees are put in place, these measures can act as a sanction as well as disincentive. Similarly, non-governmental organisations have called on governments to align their “investor programmes” with denial of entry procedures and to ensure that these programmes follow a commonly agreed integrity criteria and due diligence process.

In 2016, the G20 is expected to publish a common set of criteria with a view to endorsement at the 2016 Summit. This will be the first set of international guidance on the issue and therefore crucial to ensure the effectiveness and fairness in the use denial of entry on the grounds of corruption allegations.  This session aims to contribute to this debate by exploring how denial of entry can be used as an anti-corruption tool while respecting individuals’ rights and discussing what should be considered as adequate criteria for denying an individual entry.

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Casey Kelso

Advocacy Director, TI-S
Let's talk about accountability for the grand corrupt... And the illicit financial flows that are sent ping-ponging around the world to buy mansions, jets and yachts. Who would you nominate as the worst of a bad bunch?


Ana Maria Gomes

European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

Sam Koim

Anti-Corruption Investigator, PNG
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David M. Luna

Senior Director for National Security and Diplomacy, Office of Anti-Crime Programs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of State
David M. Luna helps coordinate diplomatic initiatives on national security and threat convergence including international organized crime, corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing, IPR enforcement, consumer counterfeits, cybersecurity/cybercrime, environmental crime (wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, illicit fisheries; climate change and national security),  and smuggling/trafficking crimes that impact the US homeland, and... Read More →

Dr. Jürg Steffen

Managing Partner, Henley & Partners
Member of the Executive Committee and Managing Partner of the Singapore office of Henley & Partners

Session Coordinators
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Maira Martini

Knowledge and Policy Coordinator, Transparency International

Wednesday September 2, 2015 18:00 - 20:00
Hall 7

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