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30 September 2015

INTERPOL training in Morocco aims to foster stability in North Africa and the Sahel

MARRAKECH, Morocco – Assisting law enforcement in countries throughout North Africa and the Sahel in countering the financing of terrorist groups was the focus of an INTERPOL training session in Morocco.

The two-week (7-18 September) course brought together 23 participants from national counter-terrorism units, immigration authorities and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) from seven countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia.

Participants received training on INTERPOL’s tools and services to combat money laundering and methods to strengthen border management. In addition, participants learnt how to conduct financial investigations and how to effectively investigate the various crimes often used to fund terrorist activities, such as kidnapping, arms dealing and drug trafficking.

The course also included a visit to the international airport in Marrakech to learn first-hand about the different security systems in place to screen passengers and goods, including the facility enabling access to INTERPOL’s secure global police communication system I-24/7 for second-line inspections. The visit highlighted the added value of INTERPOL’s criminal databases including those for wanted persons and Stolen and Lost Travel Documents.

The training session was held under the framework of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building Programme to Foster Stability in North Africa and the Sahel, funded by the German Government. Trainers came from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) and the French and Moroccan National Police.

The opening ceremony was attended by Abdelmajid Chadili, Director of the Moroccan Judicial Police and Tarik Tomi, Head of the NCB in Morocco. Addressing the opening ceremony, Mr Chadili highlighted the importance of international police cooperation in the fight against terrorism.