Rada gives green light to covert surveillance of judges and police

16:08, 15 July 2015
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Wednesday adopted amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code, which permit covert investigative surveillance in cases involving judges, court employees and law enforcement officers.

The Ukrainian parliament allows covert investigations and surveillance in the premises of buildings housing judicial and law enforcement agencies / Photo from UNIAN

Bill No. 2500 was supported at the second attempt by 230 out of 321 MPs registered in the session hall.

According to the adopted amendments, covert investigations and surveillance could also be carried out in the premises of buildings housing judicial and law enforcement agencies.

Covert investigations and surveillance could be authorized by an investigating judge of the Court of Appeals in the regions and the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol, and the Court of Appeals of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, beyond the territorial jurisdiction of a pre-trial investigation agency.

The document stipulates that in such cases an investigator or a prosecutor shall request the authorization by an investigating judge of a court of appeals to conduct covert investigations and intelligence.

The draft law shall come into effect 10 days after its official publication.

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