During the visit at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt/Main with Public Prosecutors Garabett (3rd from right) and Marks (to his left)
During the visit at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt/Main with Public Prosecutors Garabett (3rd from right) and Marks (to his left)

From 4 to 7 December 2017, the IRZ welcomed ten judges and public prosecutors to a working visit on "fighting organised crime" in Frankfurt am Main. The visit took place as part of the Transformation Partnerships with North Africa/the Middle East funded by the German Foreign Office.

The main focus of the study visit was on strategies for fighting terrorism and combating the financing of terrorism and money laundering.

Against this background, the Moroccan guests were invited to expert talks at the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation and the Office of Criminal Investigation of Hesse in Wiesbaden.

After the cooperation of the police in the fight against terrorism in Germany had been outlined, the focus was on international agreements in this field. Especially the return of potential fighters from war zones such as Syria and the question of how to deal with them confronts both Germany and Morocco with similar challenges and problems.

In a meeting with the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt am Main the Moroccan delegation learnt about the legal basis for fighting money laundering and tax fraud in Germany, with a focus on the new anti-money laundering legislation adopted in 2016.

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