Jakarta (Indonesia), 19 January 2023 - As the use of mobile devices increases, technology used in financial and corruption-related crime is simultaneously evolving. These devices, including computers, cell phones, GPS, and cameras that contain digital evidence, are used by criminals to communicate, store data, and facilitate crimes. When confiscated by investigators, they must be properly collected, handled, and processed. The lack of guidance for investigators and prosecutors on electronic evidence handling makes it difficult to ensure the integrity and admissibility of electronic evidence.
At the same time, Indonesia is also developing a Standard of Competence for First Responders through the enaction of the Regulation of Ministry of Telecommunication and Information. This standard will require First Responders to have professional certification in the Identification, Electronic Evidence Collection, Acquisition, and Preservation of electronic evidence. Unfortunately, there is currently no professional institution available to certify these skills.
In response to these certification challenges and emerging technological threats, UNODC, in partnership with the Indonesian KPK Learning Centre, hosted a “Digital Evidence Training for Front-Line Investigators” workshop to strengthen organizational capacity in Identification, Electronic Evidence Collection, Acquisition and Preservation of electronic evidence through a practical training.
This training programme aimed to enhance the capacity of Indonesian anti-corruption law enforcement authorities, prosecutors, specialized anti-corruption authorities, and financial intelligence units to collect, preserve, and process digital evidence, and to strengthen cooperation and coordination among national investigating and prosecuting authorities through shared knowledge.
The event gathered 30 investigators from the KPK, Indonesian National Police, and the Attorney General’s Office. The training consisted of electronic evidence preparation and procedures regarding the identification, collection, and preservation, as well as practical forensic training. The workshop also facilitated discussion between agencies and created a peer-to-peer learning space on Digital Forensics.
This initiative was part of activities funded by the Ministry of Justice of the Government of the Republic of Korea and was part of ongoing activities conducted by UNODC in the fight against fraud and corruption across Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
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