Investigating computer crimes

Thursday, 27 May 2004, 1:07 PM EST

Defense lawyers have right to collect information according to newly accepted Criminal Codes in some CIS countries. Defense attorney may independently view and take pictures of the crime scene or separate objects, to make a plan, a scheme of the area. These results may be used as grounds to apply for examination of other investigative (forensic) procedures. They favour better preparations to participation in these activities. Photos and schemes increase cogency of the application.

At the same time, defense lawyer cannot refer to data obtained or facts revealed during examination conducted by him as they do not have evidential significance.

By Natalya Akhtyrskaya at Computer Crime Research Center.

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