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State Audit dissatisfied with slow pre-trial investigation field’s re-organization

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProblems associated with pre-trial investigation efficiency and quality are not resolved sufficiently enough in Latvia. Because of that, it is necessary to prepare an action plan to improve pre-trial investigation functions, State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Latvia’s State Audit has turned to the prime minister again, reminding him of conclusions and recommendations left from last year’s audit.

SA invited the prime minister to prepare and approve in the government an action plan on the improvement of pre-trial investigation function with a number of measures, specific objectives and institutions responsible for them, terms and funding detailed within.

One important measure included in the plan is the evaluation of factors that impede investigation efficiency and quality in the work performed by prosecutors, Justice Ministry, representatives of investigation institutions and other experts, SA states.

The institution reminds that the audit regarding pre-trial efficiency in State Police was concluded last year. Results pointed towards major flaws in supervision over the criminal process and internal activities within the institution. After the audit was complete, SA turned to the prime minister. After that, justice and interior affairs ministers were asked to ensure implementation of recommendations from SA within set terms.

Nevertheless, SA believes law enforcement institutions have not done much in implementing provided recommendations. Although proposals from SA have been discussed by a work group of Justice Ministry, no comprehensive analysis has been performed for factors that affect pre-trial investigation efficiency and quality and no solutions have been developed to improve the situation, SA stresses.

Experts from international organizations have also mentioned that Latvia have problems with the field of pre-trial investigation, especially when it comes to prevention of bribery in international deals, money laundering and terrorism financing prevention, SA reminds.

Although the country has implemented measures to adopt recommendations provided by international experts to prevent problematic areas in fields outlined by said experts, SA nonetheless belies problems associated with pre-trial investigation efficiency and quality have not been addressed sufficiently. The problems outlined by foreign experts are not unique only to investigation of criminal processes, but the entirety of investigative processes.

Problems with Latvia’s pre-trial investigation field have existed for a long time. The Criminal Process Law adopted in 2005 has not done much to resolve problems even though it was its main objective, SA reminds.

Auditors believe the inability to appropriately use regulations detailed in the Criminal Process Law to speed up investigations impedes the efficiency of criminal processes headed by State Police. «The problem of acquisition of qualifications and professional growth system together with problems with organization of investigation work and management plays a major role here,» the letter mentions.

SA has turned to the prime minister this week, reminding him of last year’s recommendations and inviting him to perform measures to sort out the pre-trial investigation field.


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  1. Zerry says:

    By the own experience I could give one cheap, fast and effective tip. Someone only need to push investigating persons to do their work right, good and correct right at first time. Now it’s like urinating and running same time. Same work done two or three times because of bad mistakes or abuses in documentation.

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