Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Medvedev Signs Laws On Territorial Jurisdiction Of Terror Cases

Posted by Info on 29/12/2009

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has signed a number of laws changing the territorial jurisdiction of terrorists and allowing consideration of “terrorist” cases by juries.

The above legislation comprises the Federal Law “On Territorial Jurisdiction of District (Fleet) Military Courts” and amendments to a number of legal acts – Federal Constitutional Laws “On Judiciary in the Russian Federation” and “On Military Courts”, to the Law “On Jurymen of Federal Courts of General Jurisdiction”, and to Articles 31 and 35 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

According to the new legislation, upon petition of the public prosecutor or his deputy, the criminal proceeding on terrorist or extremist crimes can be transferred to the regional military court, where the crime was committed. There, such cases may be considered by a jury.

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