Understanding remains ambiguous on the meanings of some articles of law on penal and civil procedures, especially the construction of Article 67 of the Law on Criminal Procedure on the rights and duty of victims.
The ambiguity causes difficulties in ensuring that prosecution is legal and as expected, according to the President of the Office of the Supreme Public Prosecutor, Mr Khamsane Souvong.
Addressing the ongoing 3rd Ordinary Session of the National Assembly on Friday, the President of the Office of the Supreme Public Prosecutor also complained about the fact that some law enforcers fail to complete their investigation in due time stated in the applicable laws and the collection of incidents and proofs are not conducted in a stringent manner, resulting in delayed and imprecise prosecution and even in prolonged custody.
The understanding of Article 120 on property fraud and Article 121 on misappropriation of Penal Law varies as there is no court custom of the People’s Supreme Court. This results in unjust prosecution, said Mr Khamsane.
Additionally, he mentioned problems about loose and nonstringent implementation of some articles of laws, especially when it comes to direct lawsuits according to article 157 of the law on penal procedure and premature releases according to Article 52 of Penal Law, despite the existence of instructions from the President of the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office, joint instructions from the Office of the Supreme Public Prosecutor, the People’s Supreme Court and the Ministry of Public Security.
Mr Khamsane also mentioned in his report the limited quality and number of personnel working for organisations under the Office of the Supreme Public Prosecutor, as well as the lack of basic infrastructure and equipment at prosecutors’ organisations.
Source: Lao News Agency