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Presentation of the second phase of the project "Strengthening the skills and knowledge of the Panamanian justice sector and criminal justice officials for the effective management of digital evidence" in Panama

Panama, March 14, 2022. The working team of the Corporate Accountability for Corruption, Money Laundering and Digital Evidence Project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) visited the Panamanian agencies that will be part of the second phase of the project "Strengthening the skills and knowledge of the Panamanian justice sector and criminal justice officials for the effective management of digital evidence".
Helmut Flores Calamari and Said Ramos Díaz, regional coordinator and project assistant respectively, socialized the work plan in the Judicial Branch, the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences and the National Police.
In the Judicial Branch they were received by the Magistrate President of the Supreme Court of Justice, María Eugenia López Arias, the Coordinator of the Presidential Office, Etéreo Armando Medina and the Technical Secretary of the Presidential Office, Jorge García; in the Public Ministry by the Attorney General of the Nation in Charge, Javier Caraballo and the Secretary General of the Attorney General's Office, José Candanedo; in the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences, the Regional Coordinator, Etéreo Armando Medina and the Technical Secretary of the Presidential Office, Jorge García; At the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences they were attended by the director, José Vicente Pachar, and the general secretary, Nelson Ruíz Pinilla, and at the National Police they held a meeting with the deputy director Simón Henríquez and the deputy commissioner Aníbal Correa.
Flores Calamari underlined the importance of the strategic alliance between UNODC and these institutions whose objective will be to concretize the projects to strengthen the Panamanian judicial system. In this second phase, the main purpose is not only the issue of cybercrime, but also to address aspects of financial crime, money laundering and corruption.

This project includes two specific activities: the updating of the Chain of Custody Processes Manual, which involves digital evidence, and the establishment of a mapping or roadmap that will be used to carry out these processes.