Moussa Faki: Algeria's Choice To Lead “Afripol” Was Not Arbitrary

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icon-writer By: Nouara Bachouche / English Version: Med.B

The Chairman of the African Union commission (AU) Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, confirmed that the selection of Algeria to lead the African police under the umbrella of "Afripol" was not arbitrary, stressing tha the Algerian police will succeed in making this mechanism a strong link in the context of the strategic alliance against organized crime in the countries of the Pan-African organization.

 Mr. Moussa Faki said in a statement on the sidelines of the official opening on Sunday of the Afripol members’ get-together in the capital Algiers, that the African police services have reached the conviction that "Afripol" is an added value to regional and international police cooperation, as well as a strategic alliance capable of responding to the global threats in an environment of constant evolution.

“Its mission is to "support police cooperation among African countries through the exchange of information and good practices in the fight against transnational organized crime and terrorism as well as mutual technical assistance”, he underscored.

“The organization also undertakes to prepare a coherent African strategy to combat crime, including the perception, activation, evaluation and coordination, especially those that fall within the framework of the support and assistance programs initiated by the international organizations concerned”, he added. 

The AU official also stressed that countries belonging to the African police force will act in accordance with the principles of democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law and good governance.

For his part, the Dean of the Police Directorate of the Judicial Police in charge of the Afripol file  Mr. Talib Khalid that the mechanism of inter-African police cooperation Afripol is a great gain for African countries adding that it would provide a climate and legal framework that will allow the strengthening of African countries’ capacities in the struggle against crime through the constant exchange of information.

The spokesman said that in view of the exceptional security situation affecting African countries, Afripol is the appropriate framework for the fight against crime of various kinds through a solid African alliance and close coordination among the different police services belonging to this security-related organization. 

He explained that the Afripol plan of action is based on training and strengthening capabilities in the field of forensic analysis by African police and the adoption of centers of excellence

In response to a reporter’s question on the extradition procedures through the Afripol mechanism, Mr. Talib Khalid said that the latter are subject to special laws and bilateral agreements, adding to this effect that the plan governing the activities of Afripol will take into account this outstanding matter at the earliest possible time after necessary consultations with all member-states.

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