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Wed, 08 May 2019 18:20 - Updated Wed, 08 May 2019 18:21

Parliament discusses draft law on legal confidential issues

Luanda - A Draft Law on new Code of Criminal Procedure (CPP) convicting journalists charged with deliberately disseminating confidential issues in justice sector, is being discussed at National Assembly (Parliament).

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Deputy attorney general, Mota Liz

Photo: Clemente dos Santos

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Photo: Morais Silva

In the specialty, the MPs raised the issue related to 4th chapter  of a Draft Law on new Code of Criminal Procedure (CPP),  set to replace the current Legislation in force since 1929.

Answering the issue, the Deputy Attorney General, Mota Liz, said it makes a criminal offence if a journalist requests and releases information on the proceedings under justice secrecy.

The Magistrate said that by doing so the journalist becomes guilty of infringement of confidentiality as provided for the approved Criminal Code.

According to him,  the confidentiality is one of the hottest debated issues in the Codes of Criminal Procedures in the world, but its scope and legal duty obliges any citizen refrain disclosing it.

The CPP was approved in generality by Parliament in November 2018.

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