13 Mar 2018 - 12:02

MoJ & US department host anti-e-terrorism workshop


Doha: A workshop on “Mutual Judicial Investigation and Assistance in Cyber Terrorism Financing Cases”, started here yesterday, The two-day workshop is organised by the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the US Department of Justice.

The workshop, which is being held under the patronage of HE Dr. Hassan bin Lahlan Al-Hassan Al-Mohannadi, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, features important issues related to the financing e-terrorism in light of the national laws on the financing of terrorism and cybercrime.

The workshop also discusses the financing of terrorism, the prosecution of its financiers, the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, the review of modern technological trends in the financing of terrorism and mutual legal assistance between the two countries.

Addressing the opening session of the workshop, Director of the Legal and Judicial Studies Center, Fatima Abdulaziz Bilal said that this workshop comes within the framework of the State of Qatar’s commitment to strengthening international cooperation and increasing the effectiveness of efforts to combat the financing of terrorism, recognizing that counter-terrorism requires collective and international action.

In this context, she noted that the State of Qatar had signed many international conventions and memoranda of cooperation related to combating terrorism, the latest of which was the “Joint Convention against the Financing of Terrorism” signed by the State with the Government of the United States of America in July 2017.

Today’s terrorism is one of the most serious problems of the present century, if not the most serious one, and it shares this danger with war, famine, poverty and other problems at the global level,” she said.

Fatima Bilal pointed out that daily financial flows through the international information network have become a major threat and are difficult to monitor “where they are used to finance terrorism, threatening the safety of life and property and undermining international peace and security.”

With the increasing threat of terrorism at the regional and international levels, the United Nations adopted the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in 1999 to strengthen judicial and security cooperation among States and to prevent and punish the financing of such acts, she added.

She stressed that Qatar’s belief in the fight against terrorism and its financing is well-founded. The first anti-terrorism law was issued in 2004, and Law No. 4 of 2010 on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism, which has restructured the National Committee to Combat Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism to play an effective role in coordination with various entities in the State as well as to communicate and cooperate with regional and international entities concerned with combating money laundering and terrorist financing.