17:02 / 26.10.2021
Procedure for registration of material evidence changed

By a joint resolution of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the State Security Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defense, the State Customs Committee and the State Tax Committee, amendments and additions were made to the instructions on the procedure for the seizure (acceptance), accounting, storage, transfer, sale, return, destruction of material evidence, material values and other property during the inquiry, preliminary and judicial investigation.

As Norma reports, additions concerning radioactive materials and weapons:

•  the seizure of radioactive materials is carried out with the participation of specialists;
•  radioactive materials are investigated and transferred for storage to the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Academy of Sciences (Academy of Sciences) or another organization with an appropriate license;
•  the destruction of radioactive materials is carried out by the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Academy of Sciences or another licensed organization;
•  firearms, ammunition, drugs, seized or presented during a pre-investigation check, inquiry, preliminary investigation or trial, should be stored only in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, state security agencies or military institutions of the Ministry of Defense after checking in forensic medical units. 

Changes concerning the use of photo and video filming – during the production of seizure, presentation, objects are photographed or recorded on video. The procedural actions provided for in the fourth part of Article 91 of the Criminal Procedural Code are necessarily recorded on video. In this case, photographs and videos are attached to the protocol and are made out with notes indicating the name, date and place of the procedural action.

It is also determined that if, due to the large number, it is impossible to compile a list of items subject to seizure or presentation, they must be stamped and sealed. In this case, the person who carried out the seizure, as well as witnesses, an official of the body carrying out the pre-investigation check, an inquirer, an investigator, a judge, receive inventories certified by protocols and signatures. In such cases, the list of items subject to seizure and presentation is drawn up in the presence of attesting witnesses, and the protocol indicates the integrity of the seals and signatures on them.

Other changes and additions were also made to the document.

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