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New Criminal Policy Law Published

The new criminal policy law was published today in the Official Gazette, setting out the objectives, guidelines, and priorities for the 2023-2025 biennium, following the approval in July in parliament.

Among the main objectives are “violent crime … and group violence, youth violence, identity fraud, economic and financial crime, terrorism and related crime, domestic violence, gender-based violence, crimes against freedom and sexual self-determination, crimes of aiding illegal immigration, forest fire, nature and the environment and road crime.”

The diploma, which was promulgated a week ago by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, also defined the protection of victims of crime, especially those especially vulnerable, and the monitoring of accused or convicted persons with a view to their subsequent reintegration into society.

The diploma had been approved by the parliament in July – following the work in the specialty in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees – with favourable votes from the PS, PSD, and Livre party, abstention from the Liberal Initiative (IL), Left Bloc (BE) and PAN, while Chega and PCP voted against the new law.

The proposal on the guidelines, objectives, and priorities for the next two years was presented by the Government in April, with the Minister of Justice, Catarina Sarmento e Castro, pointing out the goals of procedural speed and effectiveness.

The law enters into force on Friday, the 1st of September.

Samantha Gannon

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