Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2013

Navarro receives concept Caribbean Code of Criminal Procedure

navarroWILLEMSTAD - Professor Hans de Doelder, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, presented to Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, the concept of the new Caribbean Code of Criminal Procedure this morning in Fort Amsterdam. According to Navarro, Curaçao badly needed this Code because many things have been modernized and modern and transnational crimes have been considered.

"I am very happy with this concept," the Minister of Justice indicated. "Obviously, the concept must be formalized within the different countries. This means that the concept must be treated by the various parliaments of the BES islands, Aruba, St. Maarten and Curaçao. I hope that this will be done within a year,” according to Navarro. This Code gives the prosecution more tools to act against crime and to also demand punishment. "That is certainly a step forward, given the growing crime on the island, which also applies to cyber crime which is emerging."

The committee which was in charge of the concept ran into some stumbling blocks, according to De Doelder. “The laws here are a bit different than the Dutch law which we have used as an example.” De Doelder referred to the developments on international level. "The human rights treaties and detection have undergone many changes,” De Doelder explained.

For journalists, the law was also adjusted. They are under current law considered simple witnesses. "That means that if a journalist is on the track of something special and will not reveal his source, he could be held hostage. With the new laws there are barriers included so that at least the journalist is no longer treated as a simple witness, but as a witness ‘plus’," said De Doelder.

By: Aruna Jhagru

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