ROME: delegates from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia will take part in the European Conference of Prosecutors in Palermo on 5 and 6 May organized by the Council of Europe and the Italian government, to discuss several crucial issues including the independence of justice and the fight against transnational crimes.
The conference will host representatives from all PDG member states. Delegates from Canada, the Holy See, Kazakhstan and the United States will also take part in the event.
The symposium will focus on the independence and accountability of prosecutors, cooperation in the investigation of transnational crimes, including offenses related to the abuse of the environment, and the misuse of information technologies.
“We are particularly interested in hearing the contributions of our colleagues from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia so that we can share and implement best practices with them, particularly in the protection of human rights. “, said Antonio Balsamo, president of the court of Palermo and judge. of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court, Arab News told Arab News.
The plenary session will be held in the “Bunker Courtroom” built in the Sicilian capital especially to host the Mafia trials. It will be chaired by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella will participate in the event. The Ministers of Interior and Justice of Italy, Luciana Lamorgese and Marta Cartabia, will lead working sessions.
Recognizing the essential role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system of a rule of law, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided in July 2005 to institutionalize the regular organization of conferences of Prosecutors General of Europe and created the Advisory Council of European Prosecutors.
This advisory body to the Committee of Ministers is composed of high-level prosecutors from all member states.
The task of the conference is to prepare opinions for the ministerial committee on matters related to the prosecution service, to promote the implementation of the recommendations of the COE and to collect information on the functioning of these services in Europe and neighboring countries, including North African states.
During the conference, the 30th anniversary of the assassination of leading anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino will be commemorated.
Falcone and Borsellino were killed by mobs with car bombs in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, in May and July 1992 respectively.