After successfully collaborating with key Sudanese stakeholders to produce their own Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Manual in July – Judges, Prosecutors and Legal Advisors from the Ministry of Justice have now completed their Fiches to assist other States with MLA requests.
The preparation of the Fiches was an opportunity to reflect and consider existing domestic provisions that enable use of special investigation techniques and the gathering of evidence by Requesting States. It is no mean feat to draft a Fiches – would Prosecutors and Attorneys in your jurisdictions know their domestic provisions for covert trackers, interception or informants? Or, indeed, have the wherewithal to know where to look or who to pick up the phone and ask?
The EU funded MLA workshops to support Counter-Terrorism efforts in the Greater Horn of Africa, are as much about collaborative working in-country, and in the region, as they are about producing tools to enhance MLA.
The Sudan Fiches – along with those of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia are now uploaded on the secure online platform – accessible to MLA practitioners in the region. This website – with the MLA Manuals, relevant legislation, Model Joint Investigation Team Agreement and Training Material – is a one-stop shop for relevant resources for MLA practitioners in the Greater Horn of Africa.