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Mexico: National Code of Penal Procedure Approved

(Feb. 11, 2014) The Chamber of Deputies of the Federal Congress of Mexico approved a new National Code of Penal Procedure on February 5, 2014, after three hours of debate by seven parliamentary groups. There were 407 votes in favor of the new law, 28 against, and five abstentions. With this new Code there is […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 13, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands sent draft legislation to the country’s parliament that would impose higher penalties on persons suspected of acts of violent crime, if evidence from an alcohol or drugs test indicated that the suspects acted while under the influence. (Bill to […]

Belgium: Antwerp Attorney-General Calls for Comprehensive DNA Database

(Dec. 5, 2013) Yves Liégeois, the Attorney-General (Procureur-général) of Antwerp, has recently suggested that DNA samples be taken from all babies born in Belgium, as well as from all new immigrants, and entered into a database that could be used to solve future crimes. “I think it would be a good idea to collect DNA […]

Ukraine: Tax Service Will Use “Lie Detectors”

(Nov. 13, 2013) The Ukrainian Ministry of Revenue and Duties recently passed guidelines that provide the Ministry with the legitimate grounds to use computer polygraphs in its work. (Ministry of Revenue and Duties, Decree No. 329 of August 8, 2013 on the Use of Polygraphs in the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine and […]

Mexico: Government Promulgates Federal Penal Reform on Pardons

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Mexican government recently promulgated a decree adding a new article to the Federal Penal Code. Article 97 Bis provides that the Mexican President may, exceptionally, by his own initiative or at the request of one of the chambers of the federal Congress, grant a pardon (indulto) for any federal or common […]