UNODC Trains Judges and Prosecutors in Senegal on Cybercrime and Digital Evidence 

12-2-2021  Mbour -  Senegalese judges and prosecutors participated in October in a hybrid training on cybercrime investigations, prosecutions, and digital evidence organized by the UNODC Global Program on Cybercrime in West Africa. The workshop took place in Mbour, Senegal, with a specific focus on increasing the capacities of judges and prosecutors in the field of cybercrime and digital evidence.

The training included presentations from law enforcement and legal experts from Senegal, who explained techniques used to obtain and evaluate digital evidence, and how such evidence can be applied to criminal cases under Senegalese laws. A special session was dedicated to adjudicating online child sexual abuse and exploitation cases. In addition, United States Federal Magistrate Judge, Nancy Joseph, joined to discuss her experiences as a judge handling cybercrime matters and digital evidence.

“To stop cybercriminals and ensure fair prosecutions, it is critical that all criminal justice actors, especially judges and prosecutors, understand and evaluate cybercrime and digital evidence. For this reason, UNODC in West and Central Africa works to increase capacity in these areas,” explains Regional Representative, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés. 

UNODC’s Global Program on Cybercrime in West Africa delivers trainings and capacity building for criminal justice actors on the topics of cybercrime, cyber-enabled crime, and digital evidence throughout West and Central Africa. Carmen Corbin, from UNODC’s Global Program on Cybercrime, explains that, “as a former prosecutor, I understand the complexity of adjudicating cybercrimes, and the importance of understanding digital evidence. Almost all criminal cases today involve some form of digital evidence. Therefore, for fair, transparent, and better criminal justice proceedings, it is vital that judges and prosecutors have the ability to evaluate the evidence they are reviewing.” The training was funded by Norway.