Asset Recovery Investigation
In January 2016, following amendments to the Asset Recovery Act 2011 (ARA), the FIU became the Enforcement Authority (EA) and has been assigned the duties of asset recovery. The Asset Recovery Investigation Division (ARID) was set up as a department within the FIU to implement the legislation. The aim of ARID is:
a. To disrupt crime and to make Mauritius a hostile environment for criminals by the recovery of proceeds from unlawful activities;
b. To ensure that crime does not pay;
c. To help in the fight against crime and assist the victims of crimes; and
d. To take the profit out of the crime.
The FIU, through the ARID, is thus one of the five authorities in Mauritius with powers to confiscate criminal assets. On 30 October 2019, a national policy on confiscation was adopted by the Government of Mauritius. This policy has set out a common vision for all agencies involved in the confiscation of criminal assets in the country. It can be accessed at the following link:
The ARID is empowered to investigate all cases where proceeds of crime may be recovered. The ARID regularly receives referrals from the Investigatory Authorities such as the Police, ICAC, MRA, where the value of the suspected proceeds (or the value of drugs seized, as the case may be) exceeds Rs 100,000. The ARID also receives disseminations from the Financial Investigative Analysis Department of the FIU.
In Mauritius, each of the five authorities who have the power to restrain or freeze assets operate under their respective statutory framework. However, to further promote a coordinated approach and to ensure that there is clarity in relation to each authority’s powers and functions, procedures for each agency have been clearly documented and collated such that this important information may be accessed efficiently in one place. The consolidated procedures were formally approved by the National Committee on AML/CFT on 30 October 2019. The document may be accessed at the following link: