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Third Group Trained in Arguing before Court in Cases Involving Digital Evidence in Belize

Belize, 2 June 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), through the Global Programme on Cybercrime, delivered the third training in arguing before court in cases involving digital evidence, addressed to prosecutors and investigators from Belize. The activity took place from 25 to 28 May 2021.
In this twelve-hour training workshop, prosecutors and investigators were trained with the purpose of increasing their knowledge and skills to effectively prosecute criminal cases where information and communication technologies (ICT) have been used, or other type of cases that include certain digital elements that can and must be considered as evidence in court.
The Belizean Police Department participated in this training by sending officers from the Police Prosecution Branch and the Police Cybercrime Unit.
Furthermore, in this training different topics were addressed, including prosecutorial considerations when investigating cases involving digital evidence, digital evidence during the trial, and digital evidence in the Belizean legal context.
Moreover, case studies on prosecuting online child sexual exploitation were presented and explained, highlighting best practices and lessons learned.
Additionally, Belize Police Department Cybercrime Unit delivered a presentation on challenges that prosecutors and investigators face together when investigating cybercrime.
This training has been made possible thanks to the funding from the Canadian government to the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime.