Authorities develop guidelines for warrants after setbacks
Authorities have drafted guidelines for police officers seeking arrest and search warrants in court to prevent them from being thrown in court due to loopholes and technical details, according to reports Tuesday.
The decision to draft the guidelines came in February after the Supreme Court overturned several in separate cases.
A joint task force made up of state prosecutors and police officers reviewed the procedures and developed guidelines for investigators to follow in an attempt to avoid errors or omissions that prompted the Supreme Court to enact it. cancel several, often related to big business.
Often times, according to Phileleftheros, officers simply copy previous warrants and simply change names, dates and reasons.
However, in one case, which involved an investigation into overseas cash transfers during the period ended in 2013, investigators cited laws that had since been amended, forcing the Supreme Court to dismiss the warrant.
The new protocol requires officers to ensure that the information included is accurate and up to date, to provide a detailed justification for the request, including what was sought. Officers must also notify the court if other people are involved in the case, Phileleftheros said.
One of the cases in question was the annulment of a search warrant issued by the Larnaca District Court against the home of a teacher suspected of being the administrator of a parody account on Twitter which was reported by Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis as offensive.
There is also the annulment of an arrest warrant against a foreign national linked to an investigation into a spy van.