International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre
The International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC) brings together specialist law enforcement officers from multiple agencies around the world to tackle allegations of grand corruption.
Grand corruption increases poverty and inequality, undermines good business and threatens the integrity of financial markets. It can include acts of corruption by politically exposed persons that may involve vast quantities of assets and that threaten political stability and sustainable development.
Acts that might fall into this category include:
- bribery of public officials
- Abuse of function
- The laundering of the proceeds of crime
Objectives of the IACCC
The IACCC will:
Inform - which organisations and initiatives can offer assistance
Assist - with practical actions and advice
Collect - information to form a single picture of grand corruption
Coordinate - an effective global law enforcement response
Collaborate - by creating a constructive, cooperative and agreed approach
The centre will improve fast-time intelligence sharing, assist countries that have suffered grand corruption and help bring corrupt elites to justice.
Background to the IACCC
During the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit the UK committed to establishing and hosting the IACCC. The IACCC was officially launched in July 2017 and is hosted by the National Crime Agency in London.
Funding for the IACCC is provided by the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund.
Law enforcement agencies that are participants of the IACCC:
- Australian Federal Police
- New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office
- New Zealand Police
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of the Republic of Singapore
- UK’s National Crime Agency
- USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation
- US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Since 2019 Interpol has regularly deployed to the IACCC to provide support.
Switzerland and Germany were involved in the design and establishment of the IACCC and will remain observers, participating in the IACCC Governance Board meetings as occasion demands.
Non-participating law enforcement agencies may refer cases of grand corruption to the IACCC.
It is not intended for non-law enforcement agencies or members of the public to refer cases directly to the IACCC.
Summary of activity in 2018
- The IACCC provided vital intelligence support to progress nine grand corruption investigations
- Two senior officials were directly arrested as a result of IACCC support
- The IACCC disseminated intelligence of grand corruption to countries who have never received international law enforcement support before
- The IACCC identified and disseminated intelligence of 227 suspicious bank accounts found within 15 different jurisdictions
- The IACCC identified and disseminated intelligence of approximately £51 million of worldwide suspicious assets
- The IACCC supported three countries to submit formal letters of request for evidence of grand corruption
IACCC Associate Membership Scheme
On 30 July 2020 the IACCC launched a new Associate Membership Scheme. This allows law enforcement agencies from smaller financial centres to join the IACCC as Associate Members having signed an MOU. Associate Members are able to rapidly exchange intelligence with the IACCC to assist with the development of the intelligence picture on grand corruption cases. The IACCC will be able to provide further support to partners across the world with grand corruption investigations, including the facilitation of Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) requests between their jurisdictions.
The new IACCC Associate Members are:
- The Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission
- The Gibraltar Financial Intelligence Unit
- The Guernsey Financial Intelligence Unit
- The Isle of Man Financial Intelligence Unit
- The Jersey Financial Intelligence Unit
- The Mauritius Independent Commission Against Corruption
- The Seychelles Anti-Corruption Commission
- The Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission
These agencies join the existing core IACCC Members, consisting of law enforcement agencies from six countries and Interpol. It is the intention that additional law enforcement agencies will join the IACCC as Associate Members on a regular basis.
The Associate Membership Scheme further strengthens the IACCC as the only international initiative to provide specific operational support to external law enforcement agencies with their domestic corruption cases. It is hoped that the introduction of the Associate Membership Scheme will build upon the successes achieved since the IACCC become operational in July 2017.