Report of the Committee on practitioners' seminar sheds light on complexity of bringing terrorists to justice
The Security Council report published in all official languages of the United Nations (S/2011/24) summarizes the conclusions of an international seminar organized by the Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate (CTED) on bringing terrorists to justice. The seminar brought together 19 prominent counter-terrorism prosecutors from different regions of the world, as well as representatives of international, regional and subregional organizations.
The report highlights the difficulties criminal justice systems face due to unusual and challenging case-management issues. Investigation methods, handling evidence and classified information, witness protection, the use of sophisticated technology and extradition are some of the issues prosecutors need to consider in proceeding with terrorism cases.
Participants in the December 2010 event held at United Nations headquarters in New York also discussed good practices in bringing terrorists to justice. These demonstrate that different legal systems, dealing with different kinds of terrorism, have been able to bring terrorists to justice effectively while respecting the rule of law and human rights.