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PG Office creates committee on release of minor crime offenders

A person records a man being taken under arrest and into a police vehicle. PHOTO: AHMED ABDULLA SAEED/MIHAARU

A person records a man being taken under arrest and into a police vehicle. PHOTO: AHMED ABDULLA SAEED/MIHAARU

The Prosecutor General’s Office on Sunday created a special committee to counsel the Prosecutor General regarding the release of minor crime offenders without prosecution.

The new Criminal Procedure Act which came into effect Sunday accords the PG the authority to release offenders of minor crimes, who meet a certain set of conditions, without pressing charges against them. With the implementation of the new Act, the PG Office’s second chance program for suspects has been abolished.

The Criminal Procedure Act states that the PG may release minor crime offenders with a warning and without prosecution if counselled as such by the special committee after their review of such cases. The committee comprises the leaders of the PG Office’s prosecution units and head of the Victim Support Unit. The committee is chaired by the Deputy Prosecutor General, to be rotated out once every three months.

The PG and any offenders to be released without prosecution are to sign an agreement which imposes certain conditions on the offender. Should the offender violate any of the conditions, the PG is accorded the power to prosecute them.

The Criminal Procedure Act also provides the opportunity for offenders who confess to crimes to request clemency from the PG. According to the Act, the PG may lighten their sentence based on the investigative force’s submission to the Duty Prosecution. The Duty Prosecution is the medium of information between investigative forces and the PG Office.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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