Workshop on cyber crime and electronic evidence starts today

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A two-day workshop on cyber security and electronic evidence jointly initiated by the Council of Europe and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (lCTA) will begin today at Hilton Residencies, Colombo 2. Putting the workshop in perspective, ICTA Director/Legal Advisor Jayantha Fernando stated: “South Asian countries such as Sri Lanka and India have adopted a comprehensive legal framework on cybercrime and electronic evidence. Other countries in the region such as the Maldives and Pakistan are in the process of doing so. In this context, new challenges crop up. One of these challenges is the ability of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges to implement such laws.” The Council of Europe has developed several concepts and materials that could help Sri Lanka and other countries increase the capacities of their criminal justice authorities. These include the following: (1) Electronic evidence guide (for law enforcement officers prosecutors, judges), (2) 1st responders training pack (for law enforcement officers), (3) Basic judicial training course (for prosecutors and judges) and (4) Advanced judicial training course (for prosecutors and judges). Elaborating on the aim of the two-day event the contact person in Sri Lanka for the workshop Jayantha Fernando said: “The objective of the workshop is to make the training materials developed by the Council of Europe available to relevant institutions in Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries. This will enable the training materials to make them part and parcel of their training programs. The workshop targets mainly law enforcement officers prosecutors and judges and in particular representatives of judicial and law enforcement training institutions.” “Cybercrime and electronic evidence require wide international cooperation. Therefore the workshop will also feature a round table discussion for decision-makers on the benefits of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime,” he noted.