Latin America / Covid-19

Detainee transfer protocol against the backdrop of COVID-19

12 June 2020

On 11 June, EL PAcCTO’s Cooperation Between Justice Systems component organised a webinar to analyse the protocol to be followed by the acting justice bodies when relocating people deprived of their freedom during the health crisis.

This activity forms part of those being carried out on the COVID -Justice Channel created with the aim of ensuring that the exchange of information about the pandemic between the EU and Latin America is more effective in the fight against organised crime.

During this exchange of experiences , a need was identified by some Latin American and European administrations for an action protocol when transferring detainees. EL PAcCTO then requested a study that would establish the necessary medical conditions for this process that all justice institutions could find useful when drafting their internal regulations and protocols.

In the webinar on the 11th, the expert in charge of the report was able to convey his conclusions and share the information with the justice institutions present.

Financial crimes after the pandemic

Furthermore, on 9 June EL PAcCTO organised the webinar entitled “Financial Crimes after the Pandemic. Protecting the Strategic Sectors of the Economy against Organised Crime”.

Experts working for specialised prosecutors from Spain, France, Italy and Portugal and Eurojust took part in the virtual seminar. They were able to share their experiences on this issue with representatives from the ministries of justice, prosecutors and police forces from several Latin American countries.

The objective was to study the presence of organised crime within the general economy after the pandemic. The objective is to establish a course of action aimed at facilitating the definition of adequate criminal regulations, establishing consistent bases for the interpretation of the existing ones to facilitate international cooperation and defining adequate organisational strategies for the justice institutions to help them in their fight against organised crime.

One of the post-COVID-19 consequences is the economic crisis generated by the current paralysis and the uncertainty surrounding recovery. This thinning down places various economic sectors in the different countries at a crossroads and in a very weak position, exposing them to the disappearance of many businesses and financial turmoil in a very significant number of cases, all to the detriment of the economy as a whole.