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Organized crime and human trafficking targeted by EUCAP Nestor formation

Traffickers arrested (Credit: UNODC)
To stop the traffickers, the investigative work must be solid. (Credit: UNODC)

(BRUSSELS2) 21 Puntland police officers participated in a training on investigation techniques, organized from 16 to 20 November, by the Regional Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in East Africa, in cooperation with the European Maritime Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Nestor).

Investigations and legal proceedings at the heart of the training

The training was organized for support law enforcement interventions in Somalia “, in Garowe (the capital of Puntland), we explain to the mission. Somalia is indeed, a " crossroads for migrants and refugees from East Africa. The result is a powerful organized crime, which relies on a lucrative trafficking in human beings, against which the authorities have great difficulty in fighting. In concrete terms, this involved teaching 21 police officers how to " identify, investigate, dismantle and prosecute the criminal elements favoring the transnational activities of organized crimeé”.

Eucap Nestor focuses on the legal framework

Training that responds to a request from the authorities. " We have complex difficulties to investigate drug traffickers and migrants and prosecute them,” explains the Puntland Police Commissioner. The training provided by EUCAP Nestor's legal adviser, Juha Sepponen, focused on the legislation relating to criminal investigationss so 'rrefresh and improve participants' knowledge of the legal framework for conducting criminal investigations”

Puntland, a traffic hub in the region

An assessment conducted by UNODC indicates that Puntland is " an important crossroads of mixed migratory movements from Ethiopia and Somalia. Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, separated children and victims of trafficking gather in the port town of Bossaso, the main embarkation point for movements from the Arabian Sea to the Yemen. »

(Leonor Hubaut)

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Leonor Hubaut

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