TM encourages a comprehensive audit of financial crime investigation and prosecution

On Tuesday, June 25, the Cabinet of Ministers endorsed an informative report from the Ministry of Justice calling for an audit to assess the factors that have a negative impact on effective criminal proceedings on economic and financial crime.

The MoI invited the Cabinet of Ministers to decide on sending an invitation to the State Audit Office (SAO) asking it to carry out an appropriate audit and to make recommendations for improving the situation.

The MoU has already consulted the SAO, as well as consensus with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance on the need for such an audit.

When defining the measures to be taken for the task set out in the Government action plan, when planning to evaluate the efficiency of the justice system, it is essential to take into account the findings of the judiciary system of Latvia, which are included in the assessments of international organizations and Latvian institutions. Problems in the pre-trial phase have been identified at present, thanks to studies carried out by various institutions, including the SAO audit reports, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe's Commission for the Judicial Efficiency (CEPEJ), and the evaluations therein. proceedings. However, these evaluations per se focus on the analysis of individual process steps. So there is no comprehensive analysis,

Therefore, TM also came to the conclusion that it is necessary to continue the work on the pre-trial investigation and evaluation of the factors hindering the proceedings.

In order to comprehensively and systematically evaluate the factors influencing the progress of criminal proceedings, starting with the receipt of an application until reaching a fair resolution of criminal law relations, TM offers to cover the responsibilities of the State Police, the State Revenue Service, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, the Financial Intelligence Service and the Prosecutor's Office, as well as to implement cooperation with the courts and the Justice Council.

The audit could comprehensively assess the factors influencing the progress of criminal proceedings, identify the factors hindering the investigation, assess the division of responsibilities and competence between the investigator, his immediate superior and the supervising prosecutor, as well as assess the common understanding between investigators, prosecutors and judges regarding the application of criminal proceedings.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications concluded that the SAO is the most appropriate experience, knowledge and competence for this task. Minister of Justice Janis Bordans (JKP) believes that the SAO has gained significant experience in evaluating complex issues of the justice sector, as well as cooperation with law enforcement, prosecution and judicial authorities, as it has already carried out audits on the effectiveness of pre-trial investigation in the State Police and the efficiency of the courts. .

The aim of the report is to decide at government level on the next steps to improve the functioning of law enforcement agencies and the judiciary in the fight against economic crime.

Source: LETA



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