Bill on prison sentence for false expert findings becomes law
MOSCOW, December 2 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has enacted a bill on prison terms for knowingly false expert findings into law.
The law stipulates that 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.
Previously, such sanctions were 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 initiative’s sponsors 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.