EUPOL COPPS facilitates study visit to Germany

From 25 – 29 September 2017, Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and Palestinian Civil Police concluded today a study visit to Germany on police-prosecution cooperation, with a particular focus on corruption crimes.
During the visit to Cologne, the Palestinian delegation -- Anti-Corruption Prosecutors headed by the Deputy Attorney General Mr. Akram Al-Katib, and PCP investigators headed by the Head of the PCP Criminal Investigation Department Col. Marouf Albarbari – met representatives of the Cologne Prosecution Office and Cologne Police, specialized in corruption crimes.

The two teams discussed several topics, including the German system of cooperation (and delegation of investigative actions) between the Prosecution and the Police; the German legal framework for the protection of witnesses and whistle blowers and the roles of the Prosecution and Police in the proceedings for the protection of witnesses; presentation of real life cases of corruption crimes investigated and prosecuted by the Cologne Police and Cologne Prosecution Office focusing on the investigative steps taken from the beginning of the investigations up to the trial; the handling of informants in the German legal system.

The five-day visit, which was funded by EUPOL COPPS, comes in the context of the Mission’s efforts to continue its support to the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission and strengthening the cooperation between the Commission and the PCP in the fight against corruption.