The IIJ presented Phase 2 of its UK funded ‘Cross-border and Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters’ programme in Tunis to selected senior national security and prosecution personnel from Tunisia, Morocco, Cameroon and Nigeria. The interactive four-day exercise, based on linked investigations into land, sea and air travel by terrorist fighters raised a number of learning, sharing and development good practices, including those enshrined in relevant GCTF good practice memoranda. The IIJ-led Training and Advisory team comprised senior and internationally experienced practitioners drawn from across the intelligence, law enforcement, border security and prosecutorial disciplines. The inclusion of support from the EU Border Assistance Mission to Libya (EUBAM) was particularly relevant and helpful. In addition to working through the virtual investigative cases by developing intelligence leads into evidential opportunities and products for use in prosecuting offences, international working groups studied and prepared virtual Intelligence Requirements and Border Security Reviews that may in future serve as models for use in their own jurisdictions. Event feedback indicated an overwhelming assessment of the training as being ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’, with many compliments being paid to the quality of selection of international participants, the practical training methodology used, and the quality, experience and helpfulness of the IIJ Training & Advisory team. The IIJ will be following up in Phase 3 of the UK funded project with in-country mentoring and monitoring and evaluation to encourage practical outcomes at national and international levels.
For more information on this event, please email Joe Connell.