Returning Stolen Assets

What’s the issue?

Corruption causes enormous harm. It damages trust in public institutions and governance, causes significant losses to the public purse, and distorts public spending priorities. Yet the detailed harm caused by specific corrupt acts is rarely elaborated in court trials or put to juries in corruption cases. Those who are harmed most by the corruption – often the poorest in affected countries – rarely receive any compensation or direct benefit from successful enforcement actions.

What does Spotlight on Corruption do?

We advocate for proper representation of harm caused by corruption in criminal trials and Deferred Prosecution Agreements, and compensation to be given to victims of bribery, corruption and economic crimes, particularly to communities that have suffered harm from these crimes.