The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Global Center held the second “Regional Workshop for Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecutors in East Africa” at the United Nations Office in Nairobi. Based on the challenges identified by participants in the first regional workshop in Kampala, Uganda, in May 2013, the Nairobi program specifically focused on good practices for converting information into evidence in terrorism-related criminal cases.
The three-day workshop, hosted by the Government of Kenya with the support of the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, brought together 25 law enforcement officials, intelligence officers, and prosecutors from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda to explore a range of good practices to overcome the challenges of complex terrorism investigations through the judicial process. Expert-practitioners from CTED, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the African Prosecutors’ Association, the French judiciary, the Institute for Security Studies, and the Global Center also participated.
The program centered on a fictional two-day scenario in which participating police and prosecutors worked together to identify and follow-up on investigative leads and to develop the elements necessary for a successful prosecution. The exercise was designed to demonstrate practical approaches to early cooperation and coordination between investigators and prosecutors for more effective criminal justice responses to terrorism.