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16 December 2014

INTERPOL holds training on digital forensics for maritime piracy investigations

NAIROBI, Kenya – Two INTERPOL training courses in East Africa have enhanced the capacity of local law enforcement to utilize digital forensics in maritime piracy investigations.

Some 24 participants from cybercrime, forensics and criminal investigation units in five countries – Djibouti, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania – attended the training courses, held at the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi from 13-30 November.

Along with training in the use of specialized software and hardware to exploit digital evidence, the courses allowed participants to share experiences and best practices.

At maritime piracy crime scenes, law enforcement agencies often recover computers, mobile phones, SIM cards and other technology left behind by pirates. It is therefore crucial for officers to understand how to use this evidence to present solid legal cases.

The training courses were organized under Project CRIMLEA (Critical Maritime Routes Law Enforcement Agency), a six-year programme financed by the EU Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (Icfsp) and implemented by INTERPOL as part of the EU's Critical Maritime Routes Programme (CMR).

Project CRIMLEA aims at reinforcing forensic and investigative capacities of law enforcement agencies from nine countries bordering the western Indian Ocean (Comoros, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania and Yemen), to investigate and ultimately prosecute acts of piracy and other maritime-based organized crime threats.

During the first phase of the project (2011-2014), more than 200 law enforcement officers from seven countries received training, and the participating countries have also benefited from the delivery of crucial equipment to help their daily investigations.