DPP proposes exchange programme with Singapore

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE Director of Public Prosecution is proposing an exchange programme with his counterpart from Singapore to send one senior prosecutor from his office on an exchange programme with his office in Solomon Islands.

The DPP is currently in Johannesburg attending to The 23rd International Association of Prosecutors annual conference for prosecutors around the world.

Mr Talasasa said he specifically asked for a prosecutor who has knowledge and experience on the use of Information Technology in prosecutions.

“I always emphasise to my staff that the best way to gain experience is by doing. But that must begin properly. It must begin from an informed background. So I value the ongoing training through attachments in other offices as well as our own in house continuing legal education programme.

The proposal will be brought back to the Attorney General of Singapore who will make the ultimate decision, Mr Talasasa said.

On another arrangement Mr Talasasa said that the Attorney General of Palestine asked for a bilateral meeting with DPP Solomon Islands and during the discussion the Attorney General asked for further collaboration between Palestine and Solomon Islands Prosecutions Office. The Attorney General also proposes to sign the MOU after finalising it.

Talasasa thanked the Attorney General for his goodwill gesture, and the time spent discussing the importance of prosecutor’s network but with regard to the MOU, he will consult with his home Government which will assess if it does not cross sensitive boundaries.

Usually at IAP Conferences, prosecutors from around the globe, network and have bilateral meetings to enhance cooperation.

It was during such ocassion that DPP Talasasa had a senior prosecutor from Chillawack, Canada who was attached to the ODPP SI for two months in 2017. He did a number of trainings for prosecutors during his time.

The Conference was opened on September 10 and ended on Thursday.

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