the attorney general, Francis Barbosaparticipated in a series of meetings in France and Belgium, in which he highlighted the importance of strengthening judicial cooperation between Latin America and Europe to combat criminal groups that threaten the security of nations on issues such as drug trafficking, cybercrime and crimes against nature.
“It allows us to strengthen judicial cooperation channels, establish joint operations to fight organized crime and, above all, think about the different aspects that affect the two continents around criminality to improve civility and to give answers to citizens with prompt justice”, highlighted Barbosa.
In his speeches, he highlighted the coordinated work with the public prosecutor’s offices and attorney general’s offices of the different countries to detect the most recurrent criminal phenomena and the new threats such as cybercrime and cryptocurrencies.
“It must be thought that crime is not only limited to one state but crosses several countries, hence the importance of joint operational work that allows attacking criminal phenomena,” he said.
Barbosa, at one of the work and discussion tables in France, spoke about the challenge of rigorously confronting environmental crimes and shared the investigative strategy defined in defense of natural resources.
“We had to have roaming in the country (…) It was necessary for our investigators and prosecutors to be able to circulate throughout the national territory with itinerant environmental protection units.. In this sense, today we have 31 specialized prosecutors and we have initiated 1,656 investigations for environmental issues in the country”, he stated.
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Finally, in his participation in the meetings in Belgium on the challenges for justice and judicial cooperation in the future, Prosecutor Barbosa stated that, “Differentiated, territorial and specialized methodologies must be designed in investigations between countries“.
The meetings included the participation of the national prosecutor of Chile, Bolivia, presidents of the National Court of Justice, ministers of Justice and Human Rights, among other judicial representatives of Latin America.