Ho, 28 September 2020 – The three-day workshop is spearheaded by the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, with the support of the European Union through its Accountability Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP), implemented by the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP.
The event was attended by Mrs Yvonne Attakora-Obuobisae, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Mrs Ana Sanchez, ARAP Team Leader, and 90 attorneys from across Ghana.
The aim of the workshop is to train attorneys in key areas in relation to prosecuting corruption, environmental crime, cyber - crime and crypto currency related offences. The goal is to ensure that attorneys are abreast with the best practice in criminal law and procedure, the Office of the Attorney-General encourages the constant training of all attorneys in key emerging issues relating to all crimes.
The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in crimes involving dishonesty which includes procurement and corruption offences. The commission of these crimes has also seen a change in the modus operandi and level of intricacy. Thus, the criminal justice system especially the office of the attorney general prepares itself adequately to deal with these emerging issues in order to curb same and serve justice to victims as the situation may be.
The phenomena with COVID-19 has given rise to a lot of activity on the internet for good and worthy causes such as teaching and learning, running of businesses, and even getting medical treatment. But in the midst of all of this is the rise in the use of the internet by criminals who were already engaged in or recently found it lucrative, to commit fraud and related crimes online. Cyber related offences have thus also seen a rise during these times.
It is expected that at the end of the training programme, attorneys would: i) Appreciate modern forms of corruption and contemporary ways of prosecuting such offences; ii) Gain insight into the role of a prosecutor and expectations of key stakeholders of the justice sector; iii) Be able to prosecute money laundering offences where there are no predicate offences; iv) Identify predicate offences as defined by law; v) Appreciate the legal framework of public procurement in Ghana; vi) Be able to deploy legal skills to trace assets and seek the return of misappropriated public funds; Understand the various aspects of Cyber-crime and electronic evidence; vi) Understand Crypto currencies and acquire practical skills as to how to deal with offences related to same; vii) Digest and develop an overview of the prosecution of environmental crimes vis -a-vis the environmental prosecution manual; and vii) Update knowledge and application of rules related to Prerogative writs.
It is worth mentioning the good institutional collaboration through the programme by being part of the workshop judges from the Judicial Service as trainers and by inviting lawyers from other institutions such as CHRAJ to participate online.
You can access more photos from this event through our Flickr page here: https://bit.ly/2EMeiTs
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