SLOVAKIA opposes recording all police interrogations of minors, according to a preliminary stance on the European Parliament's Regulation Proposal on court procedures for children suspected of or prosecuted for crimes.
"We don't find the proposal to be substantiated, seeing as we can't agree with the notion that recordings will lower the number of interrogations or the need to repeat them. It's evident from practical experience that if the need to repeat an interrogation arises, this is mostly due to the emergence of new evidence, new circumstances or because the child or its representative asks for the interrogation to be supplemented with new testimony," reads Slovakia's stance, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The country also recommends that the financial costs involved with recording every interrogation should be taken into consideration. Slovakia advocates recording interrogations based on specific cases and suspects.
The proposal aims to introduce standard norms within the EU regulating the rights of minors suspected or accused of crimes. Children should understand criminal proceedings and enjoy the right to a just process. Efforts should be made to prevent repeat offenses, and social integration should be boosted. The age group in question has been set at 14-18. The minimum age of criminal responsibility in Slovakia is 14.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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22. Apr 2014 at 10:00