17. 03. 2023
Uzbek experts studied French experience in legal requirements and channels for international judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including terrorism
Four prosecutors and one official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan participated in a study visit that took place from 14-16 March in the capital of France. The visit has been organized by the LEICA - European Union’s Programme on the assistance to Central Asian countries in strengthening the skills of law enforcement agencies in the Central Asian region in close cooperation with the French Ecole National de la Magistrature (Judicial School).
The visit included meetings with counterterrorism prosecutors at the Judicial Court of Paris, and with specialized investigators at the DGSI (Directorate General of Internal Security), where Mr. Sardor Rustambaev, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to France also participated in the briefing.
The role of the juge d’instruction in France is key in the process of the investigation. The Uzbek prosecutors were interested in the specificities of this figure, which is not existing in Uzbekistan, where the prosecutor carries out those tasks.
The Uzbek prosecutors were informed at the Ministry of Justice on the legal requirements and channels for international judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including terrorism: Political will, international relevant conventions, trust and reciprocity are the most important pillars for mutual legal assistance, including extradition. The existence of bilateral agreements is a plus, which may speed up the process to provide the required legal assistance.
Many questions and issues were raised by the participants, who visited and were also briefed at the Cour of Assisses, one specialized judicial court in Paris that judges the most serious terrorist offences that France suffered some years ago.
The project LEICA is managed by the EU Commission, through a consortium made up by French CIVIPOL and Slovak ISEMI, with the support of Interpol.