Bill on prison sentence for false expert findings makes way in Russia’s State Duma
MOSCOW, November 7 (RAPSI) – A bill on criminal punishment for knowingly false expert findings passed the second reading in the State Duma on Thursday, the website of the lower house of parliament informs.
According to the draft law, experts and specialists would face liability of up to 5 years in prison for false testimony, findings or incorrect translation on all stages of pretrial proceedings and trial.
Currently, such punishment is envisaged only for false expert conclusions made during pretrial investigation in a criminal case and hearing in court (when the case is already opened).
However, the bill’s sponsor claim that testimony of experts or specialists, including forensic tests of victims, handwriting analysis, drug or explosive examination, are required also when a crime report is being checked to exclude absence or presence of elements of crime. False findings submitted by experts may led to illegal prosecution of an innocent person or illegal refusal to open a criminal case.