Witness Protection – A Challenge for the European Union
National Strategies Observer No.1/Vol.1
Posted: 6 Aug 2015
Date Written: April 28, 2015
As the quote above shows us, there cannot be peace without justice, there cannot be justice without truth and, in order to achieve peace and justice, we people need to tell the truth. This “truth tellers” are also known as witnesses. The justice mechanism requires this vital contribution. The justice mechanism requires people to stand in front of a prosecutor and in front of judges and to testify the truth. Often, the witnesses are revealing the truth about powerful and dangerous criminals. Some of these criminals could have no hesitation to take action against witnesses. A witness could be intimidated, threatened, assaulted, physically harmed or even killed. The judicial system and the law enforcement bodies are obliged to take actions in order to prevent such consequences. Actions must be taken in order to show that the witnesses can be protected, to give them confidence and to strengthen their will for testifying. In protecting witnesses, no errors should be accepted, because of this basic algorithm: “no witness, no trial”! The goal of my research is to reveal some of the errors to be avoided in witness security, having in mind how important this is for the judicial system and, subsequently, for Justice. My intention is to help the specialists working in this field in developing their strategies and operational plans.
The content will include information accumulated due to my professional experience and which I have also gathered during this practical research. I have used the descriptive/quantitative method and several case studies.
Keywords: justice, threat, security, witness, criminals, protection
JEL Classification: A10
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