The introduction of Civil Asset Recovery legislation is now an effective weapon in the fight against serious organised crime in the Caribbean. This technical assistance has ensured that States are equipped with the law and knowledge to be able to take criminal assets from drug kingpins. Where organised criminals would once instil fear in local communities to prevent court proceedings – now property acquired through crime can be recovered using legislation that seeks to place the burden on the owner to prove its legitimacy. An integral element of delivery is the preparation of a Civil Recovery Guide
This cutting edge work continues as iJust mentors attorneys and advises on the establishment of specialist units to target assets the criminal courts cannot reach.
As the internet and messaging apps are increasingly used to facilitate, organise and promote criminality – electronic evidence or e-evidence is needed in almost all terrorism and organised crime prosecutions. The development of a Communication Service Provider Guide to speedily access communications data has been translated into multiple languages and was used by the United Nations to mentor and train cyber-teams around the world. iJust continues to raise awareness about obtaining e-evidence by training practitioners for the EU counter-terrorism project in the Greater Horn of Africa, drafting a Manual of Guidance for EuroMed Justice and a global compendium for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the International Association of Prosecutors.
See the No Witness No Justice campaign and the film produced to raise local issues that led to the passing and use of witness protection legislation to allow intimidated witnesses to securely give evidence. Where once witnesses were too afraid to cooperate with the police they can now give testimony in a safer environment. The success of this project led to other films to raise community awareness about the impact of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Initiatives saw the enactment of a law that enhanced human rights through video interviewing of suspects, engagement with the media to develop greater press freedom, Prosecutorial Codes to deliver consistent decisions by prosecution attorneys and establishment of National Prosecution Services to improve case management.
Cross border investigations are an essential element of serious organised crime and terrorism investigations. We have delivered practical solutions to improve international judicial cooperation in the Greater Horn of Africa and the Eastern Caribbean by establishing practitioner networks and creating online platforms for more efficient requests between States.
Legal and Gap Analysis
We have conducted research and analytical papers to develop legislative and procedural frameworks in the areas of organised crime, cybercrime and international judicial cooperation. Our work for EuroMed Justice IV has resulted in legislative amendments that have enhanced national capacity to investigate serious crimes, applying due process and international human rights standards.