EU Police Mission supports witness protection system in Palestine
April 14, 2020
At a teleconferenced meeting, held on 8 April, the European Union Police and Rule of Law Mission (EUPOL COPPS) advisers met with their counterparts in the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) and the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) for the third time to move forward with plans for a witness protection system in corruption cases.
Late last year, Palestine amended its anti-corruption law and issued a bylaw for witness protection in corruption cases. Following this milestone, EUPOL COPPS, together with officials from the PCP and PACC set up a drafting committee to produce a standard operating procedures (SOPs) to protect witnesses during corruption cases.
EUPOL COPPS together with the PACC and PCP are continuing their efforts to draft standard operation procedures for witness protection. Progress is being made and they are expected to be finalised by the end of June 2020. It is also hoped that the SOP for witness protection in corruption cases will serve as a template to strengthen the witness protection architecture for other crimes.
EUPOL COPPS is the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support. The aim of the Mission is to contribute to the establishment of sustainable and effective policing arrangements and to advise Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law related aspects under Palestinian ownership.