EALS in partnership with Rwanda Bar Association has organized the 2 days training on “A FORENSIC EVIDENCE, CYBERCRIMES, ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE AND DATA PROTECTION WORKSHOP” at Park inn Hotel /Kigali from 17th to 18th July 2018. The Training was officialy opened by Hon Minister of Justice and AG Johnston BUSINGYE, in his opening remark he said “Drug trafficking, illegal arms trade and human trafficking are now comfortably operated by criminals by a mere click of a mouse. Computers have made identification, investigation, and prosecution of crimes a very difficult process.” and that “Cellphones,laptops, iphones,CCTV cameras&portable recorders have all become crucial tools in the administration of justice. Without understanding how best to make use of these tools, due process will continue to face hiccups.”
The increased use of cyberspace and technology have brought with them challenges to administration of justice. The increase in cybercrimes, as well as the challenges involved the consideration of electronic evidence, forensic evidence as well as complex technology are some of the issues that lawyers, prosecutors, investigators and judicial
officers face regularly. The recent global data protection regulations, on the other hand, have triggered debate in the region on the obligations of corporates and governments as well as rights of persons as regards their privacy in the era of increased internet technology.
East African Community member states have individual regulations regarding cybercrimes and use of electronic evidence. Given the notable challenges, there is need to build capacity of the legal profession, prosecution offices and judicial sectors to enable effective administration of justice where these matters are involved. The states also have laws governing economic crimes. Sadly, limited capacity in investigation and prosecution have hindered recovery and tracing of resources lost through financial scams and illegal money transfers. The areas of public procurement and government payment systems have been severely hit, with the consequence that critical services have been delayed due to economic pilferages. Effective combating of corruption and economic crimes requires in-depth understanding of the concepts above. The role of data protection regulation in the use of electronic data in the due processes of administration of justice is relevant in the current context.
Increased incidences of economic crimes, aided by complex technology have led to massive financial losses to governments and corporations. In most cases, investigative and prosecuting agencies have limited capacity to mount effective investigation and prosecution. Defence lawyers and judicial officers, on the other hand, require better
appreciation of these concepts as they are critical players in the due process. The training is part of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) effort to exchange experiences, share knowledge and discuss solutions with attorneys and other members of the justice, law and order sectors in Africa through the Africa Alliance Partnership (CWAG-AAP). Since 2016, CWAG-AAP has had the opportunity to deliver a variety of workshops and participate in seminars/conferences with various state and nonstate actors in the fight against transnational crimes in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.