Senegal addresses the use of special investigative techniques and begins work on a national strategy to prevent and counter terrorism

11-25-2021 SALY.  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a national workshop and a consultative meeting in Saly, Senegal, from 4-8 October 2021. These activities were part of the 2021 UNODC'S Action Plan of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, funded by German.

The two activities brought together the principal Senegalese actors that are involved in preventing and countering terrorism, including representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Gendarmerie, the National Police, the Intelligence Services, the National Financial Information Processing Unit (CENTIF), as well as the Intervention and Coordination Framework for Counter-Terrorism Operations (CICO).

The national workshop consisted of a training on special investigative techniques for intelligence gathering and the judicialization thereof in the prevention of terrorism. Discussions highlighted recent developments of Senegalese legislation in this area, including the recent introduction of bank account surveillance and communications interception techniques. During the workshop, participants also discussed current challenges and proposed actions to overcome these challenges, including technical training to investigators, revising measures in the Code of Criminal Procedure, and harmonization of language in legislation at the regional and international level related to special investigative techniques. Ensuring respect for human rights in the use of special investigative techniques was a key topic of discussion.

Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, Regional Representative of UNODC for West and Central Africa, "the development of a national strategy is an effective way to consolidate the efforts undertaken so far and to guide the actions of the Senegalese State in order to provide a holistic, inclusive and sustainable response to the phenomenon of terrorism. UNODC currently works to accompany Senegal in strengthening its responses and capacities in preventing and countering terrorism, including through supporting the development of a future national strategy.