Suspect detention duration to be shortened

2017-02-02 09:27:42

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At its regular meeting on February 1, the Cabinet discussed bills on Criminal Procedure and other related laws, and decided to submit to Parliament.

The bill reflects certain provisions on ensuring human rights, improving correlations between law organizations and increasing their responsibilities. In particular, the bill proposes 24 hours detention without arrest warrant for suspects instead of 72 hours.

A study conducted by General Executive Agency of Court Decision of Mongolia shows that in 2014, 650 suspects out of 1863 were kept in police detention for 72 hours until release; and 913 suspects were held for 14 days, but 300 of them were convicted for further imprisonment.

The bill also includes a provision on simplifying court procedures for those who confessed to the crime, compensated all the damages and cases with no appeal or legal debate. Not only does the bill propose broadened the scope of attorney’s activities, it reflects provisions concerning protecting the identity of witness and victim by taking measures such as obscuring them from sight, changing their voice through necessary equipment or proceeding with the court without mandatory presence by the witness or victim.  

Also, the bill proposes to repeal the arrangement which allows court to reject cases convicted by prosecution for re-investigation.