WINDHOEK: A four-day annual general meeting of the Africa Prosecutors’ Association (APA) aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of prosecuting authorities and other related agencies in Africa, begins here this coming Sunday.
The meeting will run until Wednesday next week, and will bring together a large number of professionals and legal experts from about 45 African countries to deliberate on and discuss issues related to prosecution on the continent.
The scheduled meeting was publicly announced by Advocate Rolanda van Wyk, who is the head of training and capacity building in the Office of the Prosecutor-General here, in a media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday morning.
According to Van Wyk, topics to be put on the table include the African Union’s principles and guidelines on national prosecution independence, the mandate of the recently-emerged African Court of Justice and its implications on the individual African states, as well as the available legal assistance in the prosecution of transnational organised crimes and criminals.
A protocol to set up the African Court of Justice was adopted in 2003 by member-States of the African Union (AU) in Arusha, Tanzania, and entered into force in 2009.
Other topics to be discussed are the international criminal laws and its implications in Africa, international cooperation in criminal matters and the practical aspects of prosecuting and adjudicating international and transnational crimes.
Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, is expected to give a presentation, focusing on fostering relations with African prosecution authorities and agencies.
Namibia currently holds the APA presidency, and the country is represented by Prosecutor-General Olivia Ekandjo-Imalwa.
The Africa Prosecutors’ Association was discussed and implemented at the International Association of Prosecutors in neighbouring South Africa in 2000.