|ICPAT Conducted a Training Seminar on Lessons Learned on Investigating Terrorism Incidents|
21 May 2011 – ICPAT in coordination with the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation (CGCC) conducted a 3 day training seminar on Lessons Learned on Investigating Terrorism Incidents on 18-20 May 2011 at the Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
The workshop brought together officials from six IGAD states in a training seminar designed to foster discussion on lessons learned on cooperation in response to terrorist attacks, specifically (1) the 1998 Kenya/Tanzania Embassy bombings; (2) the Kikambala/Paradise Hotel attack in 2002; and the (3) 1998 Omagh (Northern Ireland) attack. This workshop builds upon previous meetings organized by ICPAT and the Center focused on the implementation of the IGAD Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Conventions and the strengthening of cross-border cooperation networks amongst law enforcement officials in IGAD states.
Different high level officials namely the Minister of Justice of Ethiopia, Honorable Berhan Hailu, the Attorney General of Kenya, Honorable Amos Wako, the Ambassador of Denmark to Kenya, H.E. Ambassador Geert Anderson, and the IGAD Peace and Security Division Director, Honorable Netsannet Asfaw, were present and the Hon. Amos Wako made an opening speech following a brief introduction by Mr. James Cockayne, the Co-Director of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. The Honorable Netsannet also made a speech on the overall security issues of the Region including countering terrorism. Commander Abebe Muluneh, the Ag. Head of ICPAT also made a brief presentation on the IGAD Regional Cooperation on Counterterrorism and the work of ICPAT in this area.
Participants were drawn from the six IGAD member states from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Police, National Counter Terrorism Center, Judiciary, State Law Office, Office of the Attorney General and the President, DPP, Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Intelligence Agency, Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force, External Security Organization, Ministry of Regional Cooperation, and the Ministry of Interior. Other stakeholders were also present from the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Institute for Security Studies, the United States Embassy in Nairobi, British High Commission in Nairobi, and the United National Office on Drugs and Crime – Terrorism Prevention Branch.
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