Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation met with a delegation of the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Spain

13 november 2019, 16:28

In the framework of the Cooperation Program between the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Spain for 2019-2020, a round table was held on the issues of combating terrorism, including the use of the Internet for extremist and terrorist purposes.

The Spanish delegation was headed by Miriam Bahamonde, Senior Prosecutor, Advisor of the General Directorate for International Legal Cooperation, Religious Relations and Human Rights.

The Russian side was represented by Deputy Head of the Department for Supervision over Compliance with Laws on Federal Security, Interethnic relations, Countering Extremism and Terrorism Alexei Zhafyarov. The meeting was also attended by members of the said Department and the General Department of International Legal Cooperation.

During the event, an exchange of experience took place on the organization of prosecutorial supervision in both countries over compliance with laws aimed at suppressing terrorist activities. The best practices were discussed of suppression of dissemination of the ideology of extremism and terrorism in the Internet.

During the discussion, foreign partners informed that in Spain the criminal cases involving terrorist crimes committed by minors are dealt with exclusively by the prosecutor. In addition, the criminal procedural law of Spain provides for the possibility of applying to those suspected of this category of crimes restrictive measures in the form of “complete isolation”, which provides for the prohibition of any communication (including with relatives) for the entire period of temporary detention. During this time, the suspect will be able to consult a defense counsel appointed by the state, and but not of the choice of the defendant.

The parties agreed on further cooperation in the framework of implementation of the said Program.

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