Participants in the seminar
Participants in the seminar

In cooperation with the Amman Public Prosecutor's Office, the IRZ organised an exchange of experience on the subject of "Combating organised crime" on 22 and 23 June 2019. The seminar was staged with the institutional support of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

The seminar focused on the fight against terrorism, in particular the financing of terrorism, and combating money laundering. From the IRZ, the event was assisted by Senior Public Prosecutor Thomas Junge, Berlin Senior Public Prosecutor at the Berlin General Prosecutor's Office, and Jürgen Maurer, former Vice President of the Federal Criminal Police Office. In their presentations delivered on the first day of the seminar, the experts discussed inter alia the German anti-terror strategy and international conventions to combat the financing of terrorism. For the Jordanians, Judge Ahmad Al Qatarneh of the High Judicial Council addressed in his lecture the problem of dealing with minors accused of terrorist acts. Both sides agreed that they did not have any clear assessment or strategy regarding this matter.

The second day of the event was devoted to the topic of "combating money laundering". The discussion focused in particular on issues relating to the specialisation of law enforcement authorities and organising cooperation between the police, the judiciary and the financial sector. The two Jordanian speakers, Dana Junblat and Sawsan Jarrar, representatives of the Jordanian Central Bank who work in the field of financial analysis and combating money laundering and financing of terrorism, related the challenges facing Jordan in this area in very clear terms. These also include compliance with international agreements on combating money laundering.

The very active participation of all participants on both days of the seminar showed that the topics are of major current importance and subjects of controversial discussion both in Germany and in Jordan. Against this background, the IRZ was requested to carry on with and intensify cooperation in this field.