“The IIJ held a four-day workshop in Amman, Jordan for Prosecutors and Investigating Magistrates from the Southern Mediterranean region the workshop focused on the GCTF best practices for the improved handling of terrorism cases and development of prosecution strategies, more specifically the Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practices in the Criminal Justice Sector and to develop participants’ recognition and understanding of the importance of the application of Rule of Law and Human Rights principles in all stages of the prosecution process. Seventeen countries were represented at this workshop: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Chad, Mali, Niger, Germany, France, Sudan, Djibouti, Poland, United States and the United Kingdom.
The workshop focused on the development of strategies that provide for an effective relationship between the investigation and the prosecution and lead to lawful and human rights compliant cases before the court; the nature and quality of evidence in investigation and prosecution so that the evidence is available for use in court proceedings (including physical evidence, forensic evidence, electronic evidence, witness evidence and intelligence-derived information); and court processes and proceedings.
As a result of this program and as discussed with the workshop participants, the IIJ will develop a practical Practitioners’ Outline reflecting priorities, challenges, recommendations and will include case studies as identified by the participating prosecutors with references to applicable international Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights instruments and Rule of Law consideration and building on existing guidance documents by the GCTF and other (international) organizations. The Outline aims to provide prosecutors with practical guidelines (based on International Standards and Good Practices) to assist them in dealing with some of the key issues that they face in their efforts to respond to terrorism and related crimes.”