Interviews with suspects to be recorded next year
THE police and the Central Narcotics Bureau will launch a pilot programme in which officers will record videos of their interviews with suspects. This will start from the first quarter of next year.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a media statement yesterday that the pilot launch will involve "a limited set of offences and allow for an assessment of (its) impact on investigations, its effectiveness in different situations and the resources required" for a broader implementation of such protocol.
MHA has been studying the feasibility of recording interviews with the Attorney-General's Chambers and Ministry of Law.
The statement added that, before the programme is launched, stakeholders, including the legal community and Law Society will be consulted.
Videos from these interviews will be provided to the courts.
"This will allow the courts to take the interviewee's demeanour into account in determining the admissibility or weight to be accorded to the interviewee's statement," said MHA.
Further details about the pilot will be announced later.
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