Attorney General Office analyses effectiveness of law

Luanda – The Attorney General Office is discussing the effectiveness and application of Law 25/15 (Law on precautionary measures in criminal proceedings) and the legal regime for the employees of the sector.

The two-day 23rd Consultative Council, which started this Wednesday in Luanda, is also analysing the preparation of magistrates ahead of the future challenges.

Speaking to the press at the opening session, the spokeswoman Arminda Yemanja Videira said that the event aims essentially at harmonising the debate among the magistrates of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The magistrate said that the meeting, going under the motto “the Prosecutor’s Office

the service of the citizen and the nation” will also approach the application in the practice of the Law on precautionary measures in criminal proceedings, regarding custody, among other issues.

She said that “there are new Laws approved and it is necessary to provide guidelines so that the country’s magistrates can increasingly act unanimously.

Arminda Videira said that the motto of the Consultative Council brings more and more the Public Prosecution close to the citizens, as well as contribute to a greater legal awareness among the population.

On the other hand, the official said, the Law regulates and summarises all the deadlines to ensure better application and adapt them from the period the citizen get imprisoned up to conviction in trial court.

The official set the deadline in four months’ imprisonment, adding that this means that in this period the Public Prosecutor Office must inform the citizen about his accusation and forward it to the court.

As for the complex criminal cases, the deadlines can be extended for two months more, said the magistrate.

She put at six months as the maximum period until the citizen’s indictment, which, according to her, is a procedural document in which the judge of the case will rule whether or not a particular citizen has committed the crime of which he is accused.

According to the legal instrument, the detention entails the existence of strong evidence that the detained person has committed a criminal offense punishable by deprivation of liberty and determines his constitution as an accused if he is not yet in that procedural condition.

The application of personal coercion measures, with the exception of the term of identity and residence, depends on the previous constitution as defendant and the existence of strong evidences of crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year.

The Law states that in case of challenge, the judge may, if necessary, re-question the accused in the presence of the magistrate of Public Prosecutor Office and his lawyer and at the end decide whether or not to keep the coercive measure.

Source: Angola Press News Agency