Terrorism: Protection of Witnesses and Collaborators of Justice, Volume 967

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Council of Europe, 2006 - Law - 403 pages
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The beginning of the twenty-first century has seen a resurgence of terrorist attacks on a scale previously unimaginable. In response, the Council of Europe has examined key areas in which it could contribute to the international community┐s efforts in the fight against terrorism and identified the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice as one of its priorities. In order to combat terrorism, states often rely on the testimony of people who are closely connected to terrorist groups and who are more vulnerable than others to the use of intimidation against them or against people close to them. This may endanger the success of prosecutions often based on long and complicated investigations. Strengthening international co-operation in this field is also a useful means to ensure the protection of those persons whose protection would prove difficult on a merely national basis, given the conditions in the country where they are located. The Council of Europe has extensive experience in this area, based on existing European conventions and other standards. This publication contains the recently adopted standards in this field as well as a survey of national laws and practice in Council of Europe member and observer states together with an analytical report.
 

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Contents

Foreword
5
Analytical report
7
Situation in member and observer states of the Council of Europe
67
Questionnaire on protection of witnesses and pentiti in relation to acts of terrorism
69
Armenia
73
Austria
81
Azerbaijan
95
Belgium
107
Lithuania
233
Luxembourg
247
Moldova
257
The Netherlands
267
Norway
279
Poland
291
Portugal
301
Russian Federation
311

Bosnia and Herzegovina
131
Czech Republic
137
Finland
151
France
161
Georgia
173
Germany
175
Greece
189
Hungary
193
Italy
205
Latvia
221
Spain
319
Sweden
327
Switzerland
333
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
349
Turkey
365
United States of America
369
Japan
383
Recommendation Rec20059 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to member states on the protection of witnesses and collaborator...
391
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