Economic Crimes Prosecution
The Economic Crimes Prosecution is a specialized prosecution established through the Attorney General Decision No. 28/2008 and the decision that followed holding the No. 1/2012.
According to these decisions, this prosecution is a central prosecution based in the Office of the Attorney General and with jurisdiction over all areas in Palestine.
The competence of this prosecution office includes investigating, charging and pleading in several crimes including:
1. Money laundering crimes.
2. Tax evasion.
3. Customs evasion.
4. Crimes relating to consumer protection, violating unified prices, commercial cheating and bad foods and materials.
5. Dealing with settlement products.
6. Crimes relating to hallmarking precious metals.
7. Crimes relating to tobacco and banderole.
8. Crimes relating to money exchanging, banking, stock markets, and capital and securities markets.
9. Crimes relating to fuels and petroleum products.
10. Crimes relation to the violation of Palestinian standards.
11. Electronic crimes of economic nature.
12. Environmental crimes.
This prosecution also follows up on civil cases filed by the state and against the state relating to customs.
This prosecution is supervised and managed by the Attorney General and headed by a chief prosecutor with a number of prosecutors working in it in Ramallah. Additionally, one prosecutor is assigned to follow up on economic cases in each district in addition to their regular work, and they are supervised by the economic crimes prosecution.
This step comes in the framework of completing the institution's organization and specialization in the public prosecution which requires a specialized body from the public prosecution services to handle cases of economic and commercial nature due to the deterioration in economic growth in Palestine as a result of the complete control over commercial outlets and crossings, which in turn resulted in commercial exploitation and cheating consumers by merchants and shop-owners, as well as those with income and factory and company owners evading taxes and excise on their income and investments by concealing records and deliveries from the competent authorities and filing inaccurate data on their imports and exports. In addition to some people laundering the proceeds of crime, hiding its source and integrating in the national economy. This led to establishing a prosecution capable of combating such actions and developing the capacity of its prosecutors to deal with such cases since the economy is the pillar for the stability of the state, and since it is the states duty to intervene through all its institutions and offices to protect the public from any economic crimes that may endanger their health and cheat them.