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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 05.15 GMT
ICTA co-hosts Cybercrime workshop with Council of Europe


An important capacity building workshop on cybercrime and electronic evidence specifically for law-enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges will be held at Hilton, Colombo on October 4-5.

Jointly initiated by the Council of Europe and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), this workshop will be a rare training opportunity for law enforcement in the area of cybercrime.

Putting the workshop in perspective, Chairman ICTA Prof. P. W. Epasinghe stated that: ‘South Asian countries such as Sri Lanka and India have adopted a comprehensive legal framework on cybercrime based on the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

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".

Elaborating on the aim of the two-day event ICTA Director/ Legal Advisor Jayantha Fernando said: "The objective of the workshop is to make the training materials developed by the Council of Europe available to institutions in Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries. This will enable them to make them part and parcel of their training programmes. The workshop thus mainly targets 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, ICTA Director / Legal Advisor noted.

The official inauguration will take place on 4th October at 9.30a.m. and Chief Justice, Mohan Pieris, PC will be the Chief Guest.



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