The International Conference on the Role of Public Prosecutions in Combating Transnational Crimes
Tuesday، 09 November 2021 - 12:55 AM
Under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian Public Prosecution organized on Monday 8/11/2021 the International Conference on the Role of Public Prosecutions in Combating Transnational Crimes, in the presence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, the Minister of Justice, and a group of ministers, heads of judicial bodies and authorities, and leaders of state institutions, in addition to all delegations, organizations and guests of honor participating in the conference.
The opening session of the conference started with displaying a documentary film prepared by Al Bayan Department of the Attorney General's Office on the role of public prosecution agencies and public prosecution authorities in combating transnational crimes.
Then Counselor Hamada El-Sawy, Attorney General, gave a speech, in which he expressed his sincere appreciation to His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, for his patronage and support for this important conference, and his hosting of this elite of Arab and African public representatives, and his constant keenness to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and its brothers in the African continent as well as the Arab world; in addition to his support for concerted efforts to effectively combat various forms of crimes.
Counselor Hamada El-Sawy pointed out that we have always entrusted the Egyptian state, headed by His Excellency the President of the Republic, to provide all aspects of support to the Egyptian Public Prosecution and all other judicial bodies , while fully preserving their independence as one of the pillars of judicial work, without isolating it from contributing to the realization of the hopes of the Egyptian society.
The attendees at the meeting dealt with several topics, foremost of which was the adoption of a proposed memorandum of understanding to be signed between the Arab and African Assembly of Representatives, based on the keenness of the presidency of the two assemblies to establish a link between public prosecution and public prosecution agencies, maximize the benefit from international judicial cooperation mechanisms, encourage legal dialogue, and organize events Training with the aim of building capacity, enhancing skills and exchanging best practices with regard to conducting criminal investigations, which contributes to combating crime in general, and transnational organized crime in particular. The attendees agreed to conclude the proposed memorandum of understanding.
The attendees also discussed the training programs to be held for members of the association’s public prosecutions during the coming period. Counselor Hamada Al-Sawy, the Attorney General, suggested holding several training courses and workshops in the areas of investigation of corruption crimes, human trafficking, terrorism and its financing, money laundering and its combating. He referred to his conversation with the Arab public representatives during their reception in the previous two days about the necessity of holding these courses to exchange visions, ideas and experiences to advance the technical level of the public prosecution authorities. He suggested preparing a register within the association containing the names of technical experts specialized in combating such crimes from the member states of the association to seek their assistance if one of the member states organizes a course or a workshop in these areas, provided that the record is circulated to the member states. In this context, he affirmed that all investigation and prosecution authorities in member states seek to access the facts, and submitting the accused to prompt and fair trials, after collecting the evidence that contributes to the establishment of prompt justice.
He also suggested the establishment of a website for the association to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise in various fields of investigation, noting that the association had previously been presented in an emergency meeting to launch the website, and the members approved the proposal, and in response to that, it assigned the competent department of the Egyptian Attorney General’s office to coordinate with the leading companies in this field, pointing out that the website creation procedures are underway.
Within the framework of the proposals submitted by the attendees, Adviser Dr. Ali bin Fadl Al-Boanin, Attorney General of the Kingdom of Bahrain, presented a proposal to hold a workshop specialized in remote video meetings technology in the field of digital transformation in public prosecution authorities and mechanisms for collecting digital evidence. Counselor Hamada El-Sawy valued the proposed Public Prosecution, stressing the interest of the Egyptian Public Prosecution in this field, as it launched a strategy in the field of digital transformation in the Egyptian Public Prosecution on scientific and technical bases at the highest level in order to keep pace with the technological progress and the policies of the Egyptian state in this field. He, then, called on the attendees for the necessity of holding training courses in this field and benefiting from the practical experiences of member states, especially Bahrain, which called for sharing its experience in this field.
He also stressed the need to launch practical and theoretical courses in the same field due to the importance of the experiences gained in practical practices, which reflect positively on the work of the Public Prosecution and Public Prosecution bodies.
Afterwards, speeches on the occasion of the conference were delivered by the Attorney-General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Attorney-General of the State of Zambia, the President of the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, and Al-Qadi, the Regional Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the Gulf Cooperation Council States, on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the representative of the Counter-Terrorism Project in the Middle East and North Africa (CT MENA).
The conference ended with the unanimous approval of the members of the association on the continuation of the Egyptian Public Prosecution in the presidency of the association and the membership of its executive committee. Counselor Hamada El-Sawy, the attorney general invited the audience to visit the most important landmarks of the new administrative capital of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The session concluded with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the African and Arab Assembly of Representatives, then a memorial photo was taken for the attendees.