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Mozambique: Bill to Put Criminal Investigation under Autonomous Body

(May 15, 2009) It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM will be part of the Interior Ministry, its administration will be autonomous and it will be directed by the Public Prosecutor's Office. (Government Restructures Criminal Investigation, SORTLDA, May 13, 2009, available at

According to the government spokesperson, Luis Covane, this law was necessitated by “the idea to create a scientific criminal investigation service, prepared and provided with human and material resources to ensure its effectiveness.” (Id.) It will have to be approved by the Country's parliament before it can take effect. (Id.)