Jordan: Managing the crime scene in terrorism-related cases

Under the project on Strengthening the legal regime against terrorism in Jordan, generously funded by the Government of Japan, UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) organized a national training on crime scene management in cases of terrorism related offences, including the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes and cyber offences. The training was held in Amman from 24 to 26 January 2017.

The sessions provided a forum to discuss specialized aspects of the management of the crime scene in cases of terrorism related offences. Discussions addressed, inter alia, forensic sciences and the use of state of the art forensic techniques in counter-terrorism, cyber forensics to investigate and prove the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, and the management of digital evidence.

The event aimed at enhancing the capacity of approximately 25 law enforcement and criminal justice officials. Participants included crime scene technicians, cyber and digital forensic experts, investigators, prosecutors and judges, all of whom are involved in the prevention, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of these types of offences. Experts from UNODC/TPB and INTERPOL were joined by forensic scientists from the United Kingdom, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences of the New Haven University, and the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC). Attending experts identified practical challenges and shared good practices highlighting the important role of international human rights standards and the rule of law.

Representatives from the Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Detection Department of Jordan's Public Security Directorate manifested their satisfaction with the training. They also expressed their wish that UNODC/TPB continues implementing specialized technical assistance activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of law enforcement and criminal justice officials and other counter-terrorism practitioners.