EUPOL COPPS supports Justice Sector Working Group meeting
EUPOL COPPS Mission took part in the high-level meeting for the Justice Sector Working Group to enhance good governance and to strengthen the principles of justice and rule of law. The meeting, which included a number of local and international partners, is meant to discuss the Justice Sector Strategic Plan (JSSP) for 2021-2023, assess the Justice Sector challenges and future opportunities and create a framework for all justice sector institutions. Nataliya Apostolova, the Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission, told the attendees that "the Mission remains committed to assist our Palestinian counterparts in addressing critical issues, especially the ability of criminal justice institutions to ensure fair trial for the Palestinian people”. EUPOLCOPPS, which funded the event, also provided assistance to the efforts of the national team in reviewing the JSSP, editing the final Arabic version and translating it into English, in addition to logistical support.
EUPOL COPPS contributes in reducing delays and handle backlogs of criminal cases
EUPOOL COPPS advisers, together with the Fair Trial Working Group, continued the discussions on how to better enable Palestinian citizens to get their litigation rights sorted quickly and reduce the backlog of criminal cases. “The right to a fair trial is fundamental to human rights protection and serves as a procedural means to safeguard the rule of law. It aims at ensuring a proper administration of justice and to this end guarantees a series of specific rights”, said Lina Zettergren, the Mission’s Senior Criminal Justice Expert The Fair Trial Working Group, comprised of representatives of the High Judicial Council, the Public Prosecution, the Ministry of Justice, the Palestinian Bar Association and the Palestinian Civil Police and steering members from EUPOL COPPS, is working to strengthen the guarantees of a fair trial in the Palestinian judiciary. Recently the working group agreed to focus their efforts on how to contribute to reducing the delays, and the consequent backlog of criminal cases, throughout the judiciary chain, from police investigation, to prosecution, trial and a rendered judgment. This project requires expertise from each judicial institution and aims to enhance the access to justice for Palestinian citizens. Access to justice, an effective investigation and processing a case in a reasonable time are all parts of the right to a fair trial.
EUPOL COPPS Mission concludes series of sessions on legislative drafting
EUPOL COPPS sponsored six sessions of a specialized training on legislative drafting for 11 legal staff members of the Ministry of Justice. The aim of the training, which started in February 2021 and was delivered by a prominent Palestinian legal expert, was to develop the capacities of the legal staff at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in legislative drafting, to have a better understanding of the legislative process, the methodology of developing policies, legislative drafting techniques, and developing the skills in reviewing legal texts to ensure its compatibility with the internal legislative system and international obligations. On Wednesday 9 June, 2021, Head of EUPOL COPPS Nataliya Apostolova and Minister of Justice Mohammad Shalaldeh handed the certificates to the 11 MoJ participants. “Legislative drafters play a crucial rule in developing legislation which promotes democratic governance and gives effect to the rule of law especially when the parliament is not functioning,” said Apostolova.
EUPOL COPPS raises awareness on trade-based money laundering
EUPOL COPPS adviser held a two-day training session for Palestinian Prosecutors, Palestinian Police and Customs Police investigators to raise awareness about, trade-based money laundering and cybercrime legislation. The trainings, held in Ramallah in cooperation with the Attorney General Office and the Palestinian Judicial Institute, is part of EUPOL COPPS support for enhancing the capabilities of Palestinian Prosecutors in specialised topics within the area of criminal justice. Mission adviser provided the 15 attendees with the legal and operational know-how for identifying and understanding money laundering and its severe impact on society and economy. The training allocated a special focus on the Budapest Convention, international legal instrument of cooperation and cryptocurrencies used as mean of Money Laundering. Dr. Michele Tarlao, from Italian State Police and EUPOL COPPS Anti-Narcotics and Organised Crime Advisor, shared his experience of investigating mafia related crimes and other organised criminal groups in Italy and abroad. “Organised criminal groups are often driven by financial gains and expensive assets such as luxury cars can be an indicator of money laundering, confiscating assets is therefore an important investigation measure to combat these activities. Economic crime affects more citizens, more often, than any other national security threat. The criminals responsible exploit some of the most vulnerable in our society to scam them out of their money,” said Tarlao. Money laundering damages financial sector institutions that are vital for economic growth, promoting crime and corruption that slow economic growth, reducing efficiency in the real sector of the economy.