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ENSURING SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS (THE EU-PERSPECTIVE/ ADDED VALUE OF EUROJUST). Mich è le Coninsx Vice-President Eurojust National Member for BE, Deputy Prosecutor General Liverpool, March 4 th 2008. EUROJUST ? 27 EU PROSECUTORS / JUDGES. More Effective Co-ordination & Co-operation. AIMS.

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Ensuring successful prosecutions the eu perspective added value of eurojust

ENSURING SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS(THE EU-PERSPECTIVE/ADDED VALUE OF EUROJUST)

Michèle Coninsx

Vice-President Eurojust

National Member for BE, Deputy Prosecutor General

Liverpool, March 4th 2008


Eurojust 27 eu prosecutors judges
EUROJUST ?27 EU PROSECUTORS / JUDGES

More Effective Co-ordination & Co-operation


AIMS

  • Improve co-operation between Competent Authorities in Member States

  • Bring better co-ordination of cross-border investigations and prosecutions

  • Exchange of information

  • To make recommendations to change laws to improve MLA & Extradition arrangements


Judicial co ordination offers forum
JUDICIAL CO ORDINATION OFFERS FORUM

FOR:

  • Discussion about admissibility of evidence

  • Verification of opportunity to launch simultaneous evidence gathering

  • Discussion about appropriate or best jurisdiction

  • Verification of opportunity to establish a JIT

  • Information of practitioners about best channels / instruments of the obtainment of evidence


2 case illustrations operation koala operation skanderbeg
2 CASE ILLUSTRATIONS - OPERATION KOALA- OPERATION SKANDERBEG


Operation koala
OPERATION KOALA

  • AIM

    to present Eurojust’s involvement and added value in a case concerning child abuse on the internet

  • STRUCTURE

    - Background

    - Coordination meetings at Eurojust

    - Obstacles encountered

    - Joint press release and Results

    - Future of the case


Background
BACKGROUND

  • Video tape containing child pornographic material linked to Belgium

  • Persons involved:

    - Belgian father abused his 2 daughters

    - Italian national was photographer & video producer

    (had a studio in Ukraine and owned a website for child pornographic purposes)

    - US citizens were customers/clients

    - Many customers through internet

    Investigations started in Belgium and Italy


Coordination meetings at eurojust in close collaboration with europol
COORDINATION MEETINGS AT EUROJUST IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH EUROPOL

  • 25 October 2006

  • 25 April 2007

  • 29 May 2007

  • 5 November 2007: coordination meeting & joint press release

    Coordination of investigations

    Simultaneous, coordinated actions in all countries involved

    Exchange of information: gathering of sufficient information for prosecution


Coordination meetings at eurojust
COORDINATION MEETINGS AT EUROJUST

  • MAIN DECISIONS:

    - Time frame for investigations/actions

    May ’07 – Sept. ’07- Identification of targets

    - Arrests

    - Interrogations of suspects

    - Seizures

    - Common media strategy


Obstacles encountered
OBSTACLES ENCOUNTERED

  • Deadline for finalising the common actions had to be postponed

  • Some countries did not finish their investigations and therefore could not be in the joint press release

  • Some countries did not want to be in the joint press release

  • Leakages to the media before joint press conference

  • Information received by EJ & EP was not always coinciding


Joint press release and results
JOINT PRESS RELEASE AND RESULTS

  • Newspapers, radio, TV from at least 15 different countries + press agencies

    following 3 days worldwide coverage of the case

  • 16 countries provided results to the press:

    - 2500 targets identified

    - 93 arrests until November 5th

    - Thousands of videos and photos found

    - Hundreds of computers seized


Operation skanderbeg
OPERATION SKANDERBEG

  • FACTS

    - Transnational Albanian criminal network

    - Operating in BE, DE, FR, IT, LU, AT, NL, UK

    - Involved in drug trafficking, trafficking in

    human beings, prostitution, money laundering,

    trafficking in illegal arms and stolen vehicles,

    organised burglaries


  • ACTIONS

    - Facilitation of execution of letters of request (LOR)

    - 2 coordination meetings:

    - exchange of information discovering of central role of certain persons in drug traffic

    - close involvement of Europol coordinated approach police investigations & prosecutions

    - simultaneous actions in 6 countries

    - Joint EJ – EP press release

  • OUTCOME

    - Destabilisation of the group in BE

    - Decrease of organised thefts & cocaine seizures at border

    - Arrests

    - Seizures of drugs, weapons, money, stolen objects


Added value of eurojust
ADDED VALUE OF EUROJUST

  • Exchange of information/LOR’s: quick, time saving

  • Coordinating actions in several countries

  • International cooperation (multilateral):

    forum bringing together all involved parties (prosecutors, police authorities, investigators, Europol,…)

  • Better overview/more information for prosecution

  • Common media strategy:

    avoid jeopardising ongoing investigations


Michèle Coninsx

Vice-President

Belgian National Member EUROJUST

Tel 00 31 70 412 51 20

Fax 00 31 70 412 51 21

[email protected]

Maanweg 174

NL - 2516 AB The Hague

The Netherlands

www.eurojust.europa.eu


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