Bringing Smugglers to Justice: Conclusions from the Regional Dialogue on Nuclear Smuggling Prosecutions   [open pdf - 2MB]

"On April 30 -- May 2, 2014, experts from Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia for a regional dialogue on prosecuting the illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear (R/N) materials. Participants included law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and judges with first-hand experience with cases of R/N smuggling. These experts are responsible for responding to threats of nuclear smuggling, conducting criminal investigations, trying suspects, and presiding over prosecutions. Facilitators from the United States and international organizations contributed their expertise, representing the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Energy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Interpol, Europol, the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (TPB/UNODC), and the European Commission Joint Research Center's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU). Drawing on their prior experiences, participants and facilitators shared details of past cases, outlining challenges encountered, ways to overcome them, and offering perspectives on how to strengthen capabilities for investigating and prosecuting such cases. The discussion yielded fruitful conclusions about ways to strengthen national criminal codes and judicial procedures, the importance of interagency and international coordination, the role of technical nuclear forensics in prosecutions, and the need to raise awareness of the threat presented by smuggling. Based on these conclusions, participants and facilitators developed the following guidelines for working-level law enforcement and judicial personnel: 1. 'Develop relationships with your counterparts in other ministries and governments' 2. 'Learn about their capabilities' 3. 'Know how to use them' 4. 'Accommodate their needs' 5. 'Locate sources of outside assistance' 6. 'Plan for public communication'"

Publisher:United States. Department of State
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:U.S. Department of State Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism: http://www.cns-state.net/
Media Type:application/pdf
Source:Regional Dialogue on Nuclear Smuggling Prosecutions. Tbilisi, Georgia. April 30-May 2, 2014
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