July 7, 2020

Judicial cooperation: it all starts with trust

By Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust. A fellow prosecutor recently reminded me of what it was like to send out a request for judicial cooperation to another European country some twenty years ago. “I felt a bit like Robinson Crusoe”, he said. “It seemed like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the sea, not knowing where it would end up and when. Luckily we now have Eurojust.” To me, this perfectly illustrates the incredible progress we have made in the field of judicial cooperation since then.  When I started working as a prosecutor over two decades…

Migrant smuggling ring dismantled in France and Italy

A criminal organisation  smuggling  approximately  1 000 migrants from Pakistan and India into various EU-countries  was dismantled by the French and Italian  authorities in good cooperation, with the support of Eurojust and Europol. One arrest was carried out in France and ten arrests in Italy, with two persons arrested on the basis of European Arrest Warrants.  Eight premises were searched and ten phones and various documents were seized in Italy. Eurojust held three coordination meetings to support the investigations in France and  Italy  and to arrange for the arrests. Eurojust financed and facilitated the setting up of a joint investigation team  between the French Investigative Judge…