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Police warn criminals who interfere with witnesses
2013-10-22 17:21:32 | (0 Comments)
The police High Command says it will be taking a zero tolerance approach to criminals who interfere with witnesses involved in court cases.
In a statement today, the High Command said interference with witnesses which causes them to become afraid to give evidence is one of the major issues hampering the police force's efforts to convict criminals.
The police says most often the witnesses are threatened by the very criminals being prosecuted, as well as their cronies.
According to the High Command, witnesses make a necessary and valuable contribution to the system of justice.
It adds that the failure of witnesses to attend court makes it difficult for cases to be disposed of in a timely manner, which ultimately results in a backlog of cases.
Just last week Wednesday, two men pleaded guilty to charges of perverting the course of justice in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
The men reportedly forced a witness to go to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to change a statement given in a case of murder almost a year ago.
They are to be sentenced at a later date.
The High Command says anyone caught interfering with witnesses will be dealt with in a similar fashion.
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