Criminal policy law for 2020-2022 comes into force on 1 September

in News · 30-08-2020 16:00:00 · 0 Comments

The criminal policy law, which defines the objectives, priorities and guidelines for the biennium 2020-2022, has been published in the Official Gazette and will come into force on 1 September.

Domestic and family violence, marital murder, rural fires, cybercrime and illicit activities against the health system are some of the crimes of priority investigation.

The list of priority investigation crimes also includes terrorism; crimes against especially vulnerable victims, including children, youth, pregnant women, the elderly, the sick, the disabled and immigrants; human trafficking; crimes of a sexual nature; corruption and money laundering, and crimes against public authority committed in the context of health emergency or civil protection.

Among the list of illicit acts identified as priorities for investigation are also crimes against life and physical integrity committed against or by law enforcement officials, violent and/or organised crimes, extortion, theft and robbery in residences, crime in a school environment and in a health environment, and crimes in a road context resulting in death, dangerous driving and driving a vehicle in a state of drunkenness or under the influence of drugs.

The law also defines as a priority the protection of the victim and the compensation of damages suffered as a result of a crime and the creation of support offices for victims of gender-based violence.

According to the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI), in 2019 a further 2,391 reports of general crime and a further 417 reports of violent and serious crimes were recorded, corresponding to an increase of 0.7 percent and 3 percent respectively over the previous year.

Domestic violence against spouses or the like increased significantly by 10.6 percent (22,423 cases in 2018 and 24,793 in 2019), which, combined with the number of homicides of women that occurred last year, "makes it unavoidable that responses to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence must be strengthened," the diploma states.

In the area of economic crimes, computer fraud and communications recorded a "significant increase of 66.7 percent over the previous year (9783 participations in 2018 and 16 301 in 2019).

In violent and serious crime, there was a 29.8 percent increase in holdings for theft in commercial and industrial buildings (423 in 2019) and 23.8 percent for the crime of kidnapping and hostage-taking (338).


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