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  • Prosecutors and law-enforcement officers from more than 24 countries in the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and Europe are in the island for the fourth annual International Association of Prosecutors North American and Caribbean Regional Conference.
  • Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who welcomed the participants at a reception on November 2 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, said they would reap intellectual benefits from the deliberations.

Prosecutors and law-enforcement officers from more than 24 countries in the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and Europe are in the island for the fourth annual International Association of Prosecutors North American and Caribbean Regional Conference.

The three-day conference is being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, and the participants will discuss topics relating to prosecution and governance in the 21st century.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who welcomed the participants at a reception on November 2 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, said they would reap intellectual benefits from the deliberations.

He argued that current and future challenges to tackling cybercrime and organised financial crimes should stimulate much discussion at the conference.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, said there are serious matters down to be discussed by the participants, with the issue of cybercrime topping the list.

She said that although the topic is relatively new to some countries in the Caribbean region, Jamaica has gone some way in fashioning legislation which could be described as all-embracing, but with some work still to do.

“The office of the DPP has a digital and cybercrime unit. We are going to seek to touch on all aspects of it. We will be looking at the Dark Web… how it is that you as prosecutors can use your legislation or aspects of the law to deal with some of the challenges that all of us are facing in our respective countries,” Miss Llewellyn said.

Topics such as the use of social media, tackling crime, cyberespionage, hacking and the increase in the use of cyber and digital devices are also on the conference’s agenda.