EU-ACT Tanzania has organised a workshop to draft a Rapid Reference Guide on Drug Related Offences in Arusha from 14th - 16th November 2018.
The EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT) aims to build and strengthen capacities to increase law enforcement cooperation and coordination in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking activities. In addition to the support needed to develop specific aspects of the curriculum for the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA) and National Prosecution Services (NPS), there is a need to enhance the Judiciary chain by exchanging best and bad practices on practical hands-on cases. Hence the necessity to put in places a series of workshops with relevant stakeholders to discuss priorities, relevant gaps and the need for improvements.
The workshop has been organised by EU-ACT to discuss best practices, exchange expertise, answer practical questions and enhance required capabilities on certain aspects in investigating drug trafficking offenses and organised crime. These areas include, among others, the legal framework of searches, evidence collection procedures, classical investigation technics, seeking and executing legal wiretapping, special technics, new psychoactive substances, and case management to name a few. These chains-oriented-workshops have been organised by a team of experts from the EU-ACT, attended and prepared by a team of experts of the DCEA (Legal, Intelligence and Operations Departments), prosecutors and the Judiciary. This constituted the basis for the drafting of Standard Operating Procedures for building cases between investigators and prosecutors, a sort of checklist for Investigators on procedural requirements of DCE Act and other Acts.
Based on the outcome of the workshops: Drafting a “Rapid Reference Guide for Drug Related Offences” whereby the legal aspects of investigating and prosecuting cases are supplied by DCEA legal department, National Prosecution Services and the Judiciary (also providing for a peer review mechanism by relevant stakeholders, such as the Government Chemistry Labs, Tanzania Food & Drug Authority, etc.).
The Guide will be published into the national gazette by virtue of a formal request submitted by the DCEA Commissioner General becoming legally binding on all concerned Institutions.
The aim of the efforts outlined above is to develop higher standards and better outcomes of investigations and prosecutions for drug trafficking and related offences, especially against the trans-regional shipment of Afghan opiates along the so-called “Southern Route”. The final Curriculum will also provide an opportunity to develop awareness of human rights in the investigation workspace and will surely include reference to EU norms and standards for investigation practices.