Training for Magistrates and Judges on Complexity of Terrorism Cases

22nd February 2016, Nairobi – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Security Sector Program (SSP) kicked off a three days training workshop for Magistrates and Judges on Complexity of Terrorism Cases in the Horn and Eastern Africa Region.

The opening session was facilitated by Dr. Simon Nyambura (Head of CT and VE Pillar at IGAD SSP) and presided over by a representative from the US Embassy, Hon. Justice Prof. Joel M. Ngugi (Judge, High court of Kenya and Head, Judiciary Transformation Secretariat and Director, Judiciary Training Institute), and Commander Abebe Muluneh (Director, IGAD SSP). The US representative thanked IGAD SSP for organizing and facilitating the participation of delegates. He emphasized the importance that judiciary plays in adjudication of terrorism case . Hon. Justice Prof. Ngugi, stressed “the need to craft a legal regime to combating terrorism within the realms of the rule of law and respect for human right. He asserted that terrorism has become the new normal with enduring conditions”. In his opening remarks, Commander Abebe, welcomed all delegates and said that “terrorism is directly linked to other forms of organized crimes, making the complexity of terrorism cases a challenge for law enforcement and criminal justice system practitioners to investigate and prosecute it”. He thanked the Kenya Government for hosting the workshop and the US Government for generously sponsoring the workshop. He officially opened the training workshop by wishing participants successful deliberation.

The focus of this training workshop is to enhance the skills and capacity of magistrates to appreciate the complexity of terrorism cases. It is designed for Judges, Magistrates, Prosecutors and Investigators that are in involved in Adjudication of Terrorism Cases. This workshop is the firth, in a series of training workshops that will be jointly organized by IGAD SSP and the US Government with the GCTF framework for the next two years under the theme: “Building Capacity and Promoting the Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector in the Horn of Africa Region.”

High level delegates of judges, prosecutors, and magistrates from all IGAD Member States, Tanzania, the partner community, and invited experts are in attendance.

During the three days of the training, delegates are expected to delve into the following thematic topics:

o A Critical Analysis of the Terrorism Threat and Complexity in the Horn and Eastern Africa Region

o The Role of Judicial System in Combating Terrorism

o Challenges and Good Practices in Investigation and Prosecution of Terrorism Cases

o Challenges and Good Practices in Trial of Terrorism Cases

o Legal Basis for Pre-trial Detention of Terrorist Suspects

o Identifying and Assigning Specially Trained Magistrates and Judges in Terrorism Cases

o Strategies for judicial trainings on Terrorism and Security Related Matters in Horn and Eastern Africa Region

o Obstacles to Criminal Justice System (Investigators, Prosecutors and Judiciary) Inter-Agency Cooperation

o Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses

Source: EMM