African, European prosecutors urge more judicial cooperation to fight organized crime
Friday، 21 September 2018 - 11:19 AM
The first conference of the general attorneys of Europe and Africa wound up three-day meetings in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh on Thursday with the participation of 24 African and three European countries.
Six international organizations and three associations of prosecutors attended the gathering.
The participants agreed to hold the event periodically to exchange expertise in the judicial domain.
The conference, which was chaired by Prosecutor General Nabil Sadeq, issued its final communique in which the participants reiterated readiness to enhance judicial cooperation in fighting transnational organized crimes, especially smuggling of immigrants and human trafficking.
More judicial cooperation is much needed between investigators, prosecutors, law reinforcement sides and judicial bodies to reach tangible results as regards transnational organized crime.
The participants expressed concern over criminals' use of modern information and communication technologies, particularly the Internet, to facilitate transnational organized crime, transfer of funds and concealment of crime proceeds.
Transnational organized crime cannot be combated unless all countries and relevant regional and international organizations effectively cooperated to weaken criminal groups involved in such crimes, the participants said.
They reviewed challenges blocking international judicial cooperation to fight transnational organized crime, especially human trafficking and smuggling of immigrants.
The participants recommended exerting more efforts to iron out these challenges and facilitate cooperation among general attorneys.
They underlined the importance of not providing a safe haven to those who finance, plan, support or commit transnational organized crime.
They called for simplifying requests for extradition of criminals and mutual legal assistance within the framework of the implementation of bilateral and multilateral treaties related to transnational organized crime.
They recommended laying down a framework agreement among African countries to fight transnational organized crime and holding regional consultative meetings between law reinforcement bodies and prosecutors to buttress judicial cooperation.