Turin, 14 October 2016. The first edition of the training course “Strengthening the Capacities of the Custom Courts of Mozambique in the field of evidence gathering and trial evaluation” took place in Turin from 10 to 14 October 2016. The course was specifically addressed to Mozambican Custom Courts judiciary, and it was designed and developed by UNICRI upon request by the Custom Courts of Maputo, Sofala and Nampula.
The course focused on the main aspects related to the investigation, prosecution and trial of cases falling within the jurisdiction established by the Mozambican Custom Code. In order to provide participants with an international, regional and comparative legal perspective, UNICRI included in the course curriculum topics such as the international standards and obligations on illicit trafficking and the protection of wildlife, the African system for the protection of human rights, the Italian and Portuguese custom offence systems. Moreover, participants visited the Turin Courthouse, where they received a warm welcome by Turin’s Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Armando Spataro, and the Italian Custom Agency, where they met the Director, Mr. Giovanni Vivalda, and his staff.
The course was taught in Italian and Portuguese, with professional simultaneous interpretation. Its faculty included renowned national and international experts, including Mr. Stefano Betti, Senior Policy Adviser; Mr. Gallo, Orsi, international consultant; Ms. Eugenia Ghi, Public Prosecutor; Ms. Valeria Moratti, Director of the Export Office of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage; Mr. Pedro Barosa, lawyer in Lisbon (Portugal); Professor Palmina Tanzarella, lecturer at Milano Bicocca University; Mr. Vittorio Rossini, lawyer in Turin; and Judge Immacolata Iadeluca.
Over the years UNICRI has reinforced its training capabilities by developing and testing a number of sub-regional and national curricula, modules, and training manuals targeted both at trainers and trainees. Pilot training courses designed for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, other justice personnel and social workers covered a basic induction and advanced training in human rights as well as specialized issues such as corruption investigation cases, drug abuse control, human trafficking, domestic violence prevention and control, probation, management of crisis situations in penitentiary institutions, counterfeiting and, computerization of justice administration.