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International Legal Cooperation Workshop for Officers of the Royal Brunei Police Force

11th May 2017

The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers has successfully delivered a three-day workshop on International Legal Cooperation to the Royal Brunei Police Force. The workshop, which was held at the Royal Brunei Police Force’s Officers Mess in Gadong, was aimed to train senior police officers of the international cooperation mechanisms available to assist them in advancing their criminal investigations when cross-border elements are involved.Photo 1.JPG

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Sixteen senior officers from various units within the Royal Brunei Police Force participated in the workshop, which was facilitated by Deputy Public Prosecutors Christopher Ng, Karen Tan, Sharon Yeo and Dk Hazirah Pg Mohd Yusof of the Criminal Justice Division who also function as the Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Secretariat, Brunei Darussalam’s Central Authority for making and receiving requests for international cooperation with foreign jurisdictions. Aside from introducing speakers to the various processes such as mutual legal assistance, extradition, recovery of proceeds of crime and international transfer of prisoners, officers attending the course were also provided with insight into filling in the Law Enforcement Questionnaire to allow the Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Secretariat to better facilitate their mutual legal assistance requests to foreign countries for crucial pieces of evidence required for investigations.

In view of technological advancements in the global sphere, the officers were also briefed concerning the request of digital evidence from foreign jurisdictions, particularly the United States of America where most headquarters of social media companies and email servers are located. The workshop participants were also briefed by Senior Inspector Pg Hj Yusra bin Pg Hj Mohammad from the Foreign Affairs Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force on INTERPOL and how to use informal channels to seek assistance from foreign law enforcement agencies.

Following the lectures, the participants were able to put their newfound knowledge to the test through a series of case studies, which were tailored around criminal offences that entail the pursuit of evidence outside of Brunei Darussalam’s jurisdiction.

The workshop concluded with a certificate presentation to the participants by the Chief Guests, Hj Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, the Assistant Solicitor General and ACP Pg Hj Muhammad bin Pg Hj Metali, the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force,

In his closing remarks, Hj Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, the Assistant Solicitor General emphasised the importance for the Royal Brunei Police Force to utilize all possible avenues in pursuing investigations to ensure justice is served. He stressed that formal processes such as Mutual Legal Assistance do not replace the informal relationships made between law enforcement agencies and their counterparts, which can often be speedier and involved in less bureaucracy. He encouraged the participants to continuously network with counterparts from foreign countries to ensure such ties are always maintained with the view of putting a stop to elements of transnational crime permeating the borders of Brunei Darussalam. The participants were also reminded of AGC’s “open door policy” with Law Enforcement agencies where international cooperation is concerned and that the Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Secretariat stands ready and willing to assist and facilitate such requests.

The workshop is part of the Attorney Generals Chambers endeavours to further educate and raise awareness of the laws to the law enforcement agencies of Brunei Darussalam.