Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo, Secretary General of Cafrad; Mohamed Oukhlifa, Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rabat; Rajhi Abdellaziz, Deputy Senior Public Prosecutor at the Court of Appeal in Rabat; Mohamed Abidi, IRZ (from right to left)
Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo, Secretary General of Cafrad; Mohamed Oukhlifa, Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rabat; Rajhi Abdellaziz, Deputy Senior Public Prosecutor at the Court of Appeal in Rabat; Mohamed Abidi, IRZ (from right to left)

On 7 and 8 November 2017, the IRZ organised its third successive multilateral conference in Rabat on “Fighting organised crime”. The event was held in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Justice and supported by the German Foreign Office as part of the Transformation partnerships with North Africa/the Middle East.

As well as judges and public prosecutors from Morocco, representatives of the Tunisian and Jordanian justice systems also took part.

The involvement of Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo from Cafrad (Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche Administratives pour le Développement) also meant that African perspectives on the subject of organised crime were included.

In addition to combating money laundering, the main focus of the conference was on human trafficking and the international and national legal framework for fighting terrorism.

Hans-Dieter Hilken, former Head of Criminal Investigations, and Jürgen Maurer, a former Vice-President of the Bundeskriminalamt (German Federal Criminal Office) represented the IRZ as German experts.

The participants in the conference were able to learn details about international and regional agreements and strategies for combating money laundering and tax fraud and discuss their respective national experiences of the fight against terrorism. It became clear that all countries are facing similar challenges.

Since all three phenomena present transnational difficulties, which do not stop at national borders, international cooperation and joint efforts are required to deal with them effectively. The coordination of the various parties involved and the secure exchange of information within a country and between countries constitute one of the greatest challenges in this respect.

Since the issue is a pressing one, it certainly makes sense to work more closely together in this field. Within this context, the IRZ will continue to work with the Moroccan justice system and to support regional discussions.