International Development Secretary Justine Greening has launched a specialist unit to investigate cases of international corruption affecting developing countries. The new crime unit, the International Corruption Unit (ICU), was announced in a press release(1) from the Department for International Development on August 9 2015. In line with the government's Anti-corruption Plan, the ICU will bring together existing investigation and intelligence units funded by the department from the Metropolitan Police Service, the City of London Police and the National Crime Agency. The multi-agency team will be operated by the National Crime Agency(2) and will serve as the central point for investigating international corruption in the United Kingdom (it replaces the Metropolitan Police Service Proceeds of Corruption Unit and the City of London Police Overseas Anti-corruption Unit). The Department for International Development will provide £21 million to the ICU for five years, until 2020.

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Endnotes

(1) See www.gov.uk/government/news/new-crime-unit-to-investigate-corruption-affecting-developing-countries.

(2) See www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/economic-crime/international-corruption-unit-icu.

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