EUCAP Nestor organized the Fourth Regional Conference for Prosecutors dealing with Piracy and other Maritime Crime. The event was held in Djibouti and was co-hosted by the Djiboutian Ministry of Justice.
Prosecutors from Somalia – Mogadishu, Puntland, Galmudug, Somaliland – participated in the event in order to gain “hands on” experience as a ‘Mock’ Piracy Trial was staged as part of the program.
Prosecutors from the Seychelles, Djibouti, as well as Mauritius also attended the event.
Among the participants were the Attorney General of Somaliland, the First Deputy Attorney General of Somalia from Mogadishu, Professor Wambua from the University of Nairobi and His Honor Judge Dodin from the Seychelles.
Main topics of the conference were a mock arrest performed at sea, facilitated by EU Naval Force followed by a staged trial on land.
Discussions on the challenges of prosecuting piracy in domestic courts animated the two day gathering.
The purpose of organizing a simulated trial was to enable the participants to share their experience and learning in a practical setting. Many of the participants had never prosecuted a piracy case, therefore the exercise allowed them to experience first-hand some of the issues that would arise in reality. A prosecutor from the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK, who previously has prosecuted piracy cases in the Seychelles, shared his experiences with the participants.
The three previous Prosecutors conferences organised by EUCAP Nestor in Djibouti, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, focused on increasing the knowledge of prosecutors as to best regional practice in dealing with maritime crimes and in building a network of prosecutors to share experience and information. Utilizing this mechanism, prosecutors have been given the opportunity to consult with colleagues who have more experience, although in different countries.