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Paedophiles will be punished more severely in Latvia from now on

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 17 September, Latvian Saeima supported amendments to the law in order to further improve criminal law framework in regards to combating sex crimes and raising the level of protection of victims of sex crimes.

«Amendments to the Criminal Law will help lengthen probation time for sex offenders and introduce stricter sentences. It is also planned to ensure mandatory evaluation of sex offenders by the probation service – this will provide authorities with a better psychological portrait of those criminals,» – comments Chairman of Saeima Legal Affairs Committee Gaidis Berzins.

Amendments also provide for the extension of probation period for paedophiles. The current term is one to three years, which is too short. It is also planned to sentence paedophiles to additional probation periods regardless of the main sentence.

In events when sex crimes are committed against children, criminal liability limitation period will be calculated from the day when the victim reaches the age of 18.

It is also planned to increase the sentence for sexual crimes against children to five years (currently three years). Crimes of this type will also be classified as serious from now on. Incitement of minors under the age of sixteen to engage in sexual acts will now carry a prison sentence of up to four years in prison, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Deputies also supported amendments to the Criminal Process Law, providing prosecutors, as the accusation side, the duty to request reports from the State Probation Service about sex offenders.

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