Chief investigator instructs to check quality criminal cases returned by courts

Chief investigator instructs to check quality criminal cases returned by courts
Alexander Bastrykin

Earlier, the chairman of the Moscow City Court expressed dissatisfaction with frequent acquittals.

The Head of the ICR, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed the relevant units of the central office to check the quality of investigations into criminal cases, the materials of which were returned by the Moscow courts, as well as the control proceedings on cases with acquittals, official representative of the department Svetlana Petrenko stated.

“The central office of the Investigative Committee will carry out large-scale analytical work,” said Petrenko.

According to the results of the audit, the department will evaluate the work of the investigators and, if necessary, will bring the perpetrators to disciplinary responsibility, as well as prepare new training manuals for staff to improve the quality of investigations. Particular attention will be paid particularly grave cases, the consideration of which is possible in court with the participation of jurors.

On December 26, Interfax published an interview with the chairman of the Moscow City Court, Olga Yegorova, who criticized the investigators. Since June 1, the Moscow District Courts is considering a part of criminal cases involving a jury. After that, the percentage of acquittals rose sharply. “Every second verdict is an acquittal. The investigators, alas, have forgotten how to collect and analyze the evidence,” said Yegorova.

“This is due to the fact that the investigation is not faced with a real court. The investigation is used to the fact that the judges fill in the gaps, expose the defendants, do not justify anyone. But everything is changing,” said Sergey Pashin, the member of the Human Rights Council and a former judge of the Moscow City Court, in an interview with Business FM.

According to the judicial department of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for 2017, the share of acquittals is 0.2% in Russia.

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