- Published: July 8, 2019
Expert talks in the Moroccan parliament on the development of a professional code for forensic scientists
On 3 July 2019, a further high-profile expert meeting was held with press attendance in the House of Representatives (Lower Chamber) of the Moroccan parliament in Rabat, discussing the draft legislation for a professional code for forensic scientists in Morocco. The draft legislation is to be adopted at the end of this year.
The meeting in Rabat was the continuation of the first discussions between members of parliament and representatives of the Moroccan Public Prosecutor’s Office and and from legal and forensic medicine held on 27 March this year. The Moroccan Minister of Justice, Mohamed Aujjar, and the President of the Committee for Justice, Legislation and Human Rights in the Moroccan parliament, Taoufik Maimouni, opened the conference. In his welcome address, the Minister of Justice clearly addressed the existing difficulties and problems in legal and forensic medicine and promised more support by the Ministry of Justice.
Members of the Committee for Justice, Legislation and Human Rights in the Moroccan parliament, representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice, the Moroccan Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine (SMML) and of the Moroccan Public Prosecutor’s Office were invited to the meeting. The participation of representatives of the Moroccan National Council for Human Rights (Conseil national des droits de l’Homme/CNDH) was also of great importance. Prof. Dr. Michael Bohnert, Head of the Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine at the University of Wuerzburg, and Chief Public Prosecutor Andreas Stüve, Public Prosecutor’s Office of Düsseldorf, took part in the expert meeting as IRZ experts.
The event offered all parties involved the opportunity to follow up on the results of the last expert talks and to discuss the currently open questions on the draft legislation.
The main focus was on the following topics:
- safeguarding human rights values in the practical work of legal and forensic medicine;
- the role of legal and forensic medicine in criminal proceedings and
- particular difficulties and challenges in the legal and forensic medicine of Morocco.
All participants agreed that the present draft legislation is a great support for the work of legal and forensic medicine in Morocco and for the Moroccan justice system in general, and that measures for its financial, institutional and organizational implementation have to be taken for the law to be successful.
It is planned to organise final expert discussions in the House of Councillors (Upper Chamber) of the Moroccan parliament, where the draft legislation will be reviewed once again and any further questions regarding the implementation of the law can be clarified, if necessary, before it is officially adopted. The Moroccan side has expressed great interest in the involvement of German expertise within the framework of these discussions.