PALERMO (ITALY) – Friday, 29 September 2023 (APS) – The minister of Justice, Abderrachid Tabi, said Friday in Palermo that in the fight against organized crime, Algeria gives a paramount importance to training and strengthening law enforcement mechanisms in respect of human rights principles.

In an address at the international conference marking the 20th anniversary since the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) came into force, Tabi said Algeria had been working for “the improvement‎ of national capacities and the strengthening of the law enforcement bodies as part of the fight against organized crime, by adjusting the legal system to meet national requirements and international commitments.”

On the institutional level, the minister of Justice put forward Algeria’s achievements in the field, mentioning the creation, in 2020, of a national department for the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime, at the court of Algiers, in addition to police central service for the fight against organized crime in 2021.

The goal of such moves, according to Tabi, is “to enhance security measures and fight against all forms of crime.”

According to the Algerian law, “committing several crimes such as human trafficking, organ trafficking, money laundering or others by a same organized criminal group is considered as an aggravating circumstance,” the minister of Justice said.