|Discussing the law on the organisation of the criminal investigation agency at the ninth session of the 13th National Assembly, delegates said the law's promulgation would handle shortcomings in the 2004 Investigation Ordinance and improve the operation of criminal investigation groups. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly delegates yesterday agreed that commune-level police should not be asked to carry out primary criminal investigations.
Discussing the law on the organisation of the criminal investigation agency at the ninth session of the 13th National Assembly, delegates said the law's promulgation would handle shortcomings in the 2004 Investigation Ordinance and improve the operation of criminal investigation groups.
Deputies said that the law should not allow police at grassroots level (ward or communal) to make initial investigations since they had not been trained properly in investigation procedures.
"Searching on the internet, we found dozens of cases with errors caused by commune police reported in the mass media. They included deaths, serious injuries and the making of false documents," said deputy Le Thi Nga from Thai Nguyen.
"I think the reason for such wrongful conviction is that we already give commune police rights that exceed their ability, " said Nga, adding that regulations relating to the competence of commune police in legal proceedings were not rational.
Discussing the law on custody and temporary detention, deputies said that the law would help handling shortcomings, especially the violation
of human rights in temporary detention houses and meet demands for judicial reform.
Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and NA deputy Luu Thi Huyen from Ninh Binh said that the bill was an important law project that related directly to human rights and citizens' duty as regulated in the 2013 Constitution.
Deputies suggested that to ensure gender equality, the law should have specific regulations on custody and temporary detention for pregnant women and those having children under the age of 36-months.
Deputy Nguyen Minh Phuong from Can Tho said that pregnant woman and women with children under the age of three who were in temporary custody or detention must be provided with medical services or regular checkups.
On the same day, deputies passed a revised law on the Organisation of the Government (83 per cent of votes) and the law on Organisations of Local Governments (89.27 per cent of votes). A law on Military Service also was passed with 87.7 per cent of votes, while a law on veterinary medicine was passed with 85.5 per cent of votes. — VNS