Upholding justice in terror cases a huge challenge, judges say

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Edmond Mulet. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Judges face many challenges in bringing terrorists to justice, a committee in charge of counter-terrorism at the UN Security Council has said.

Investigating and prosecuting terrorist cases presents a number of barriers for the criminal justice systems of many countries.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The obstacles encountered in upholding justice in terror cases range from collecting admissible evidence, to protecting the rights of witnesses, victims and those accused of terrorism-related crimes, according to the UN Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet.

Here's Edmond Mulet.

"Judges are often themselves victims of reprisals. Many of them have been threatened and physically attacked. The harassment of lawyers and judges violates fundamental human rights and undermines both the rule of law and the independence and integrity of the courts."

Supreme Court Justices play a special role in strengthening States' capacities to bring terrorists to justice.

Terrorism continues to be one of the greatest threats to international security, said Mulet.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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