Following EUCAP Somalia’s advice, which proposed the creation of a “Specialized Maritime Prosecution Unit” in the beginning of 2021, the Attorney General Office (AGO) has created a “Maritime Crimes Unit” within the AGO structure.
“The creation of a Maritime Crimes Unit within the AGO will enable our prosecutors to tackle serious crimes committed at the sea. I am grateful that EUCAP Somalia will support this new unit”, said the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Dr. Sulayman Mohamed Mohamud, in the meeting on 30th August 2021 with our Acting Head of Mission, Dr. Fabian Loewenberg and with the Legal Reform Advisors of the Mission, Jussi Ohisalo, Albert Van Nunen Karen and Andres Moreno.
The Mission will continue its support to prosecutors by specialized trainings and enhancing AGO’s coordination with other security structures such as the Somali Police Force Maritime Police Unit. These activities aim to support prosecutors to start prosecution of a catalogue of maritime crimes which includes illegal fishing, environmental crimes, human trafficking and other forms of organized crime committed at the sea.
Other topics, where EUCAP is supporting the rule of law sector in Somalia, which were discussed in the meeting, were implementation of the AGO Strategy, the police-prosecution cooperation and other forms of assistance and capacity building which are being provided to the Somali institutions, including internships for 2022, immediate provision of VTC equipment to communicate with other Federal Member State’s AGOs, and support to translation of legislation and commentaries into Somali language for the use of AGO prosecutors.