Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ

IRZ organised its third seminar on European standards for investigation work and pre-trial custody from 25 to 27 August 2020. This event was aimed at employees of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia.

The IRZ experts contributing towards the seminar programme were Christian Schierholt, Senior Public Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Celle, and Oliver Tölle, Head of Criminal Investigations and a lecturer at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Christian Schierholt talked about the legal framework for covert investigations and the general principles of these investigations in Germany. His lecture went into great detail and was extremely informative about the main covert investigation methods. He talked about the specific features of cross-border cooperation during covert investigations and compliance with the ECHR in imposing pre-trial custody.

Oliver Tölle presented the security system in Germany, explained the use of trusted third parties and undercover investigators and the role of the police as witnesses.

The participants in the seminar were given a deep insight into the standards of investigation processes in Germany. Requirements are extremely high in Germany, compared to the rest of Europe, in particular when it comes to telecommunications surveillance, computer and network surveillance and source telecommunications surveillance.

This session has become a standard part of the training programme at the Chief Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia and is an established component of the long-term partnership with IRZ.