WEBINAR ON COUNTER TERRORISM AND JUDICIAL COOPERATION (INTERPLAY OF INTELLIGENCE, EVIDENCE, AND PROSECUTION).

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10thFebruary 2021: The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) held a two-day webinar on “Counter Terrorism and Judicial Cooperation” from 8th to 9th February 2021.

The webinar opened by Mr. Idriss Mounir Lallali, ACSRT Ag. Director, was attended by policy makers, legislators, judiciary officials, law enforcement agents, and senior counter terrorism practitioners drawn from 16 AU Member States including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania,Tunisia and Uganda.

The webinar also included experts and Facilitators from the ACSRT and from the following international organizations and relevant regional bodies:

– African Union Mechanism for Police Co-operation (AFRIPOL);
– Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA);
– United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC);
– International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ);
– African Prosecutors Association (APA),
– Sahel Platform on Judicial Cooperation (SPJC);
– European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).

The main objective of the webinar was to provide an opportunity for participants to discuss legislations, policy, best practices, and lessons learned in intelligence gathering, evidence collection and handling, as well prosecution of terrorism-related cases.

The webinar also sought to enhance the counter terrorism capacity by providing examples of, and guidance on, legislation, policy and procedures addressing these three critical issues.

During the 2-day webinar, participants examined the challenges facing the AU Member States, including the effective intra-agency, bilateral, and multi-lateral judicial cooperation in matters of intelligence.