The President of the Judiciary, Elvia Barriosindicated that the Law of Effective Collaboration It is a criminal law that has had positive effects in the investigation of acts against corruption. The statement was given after the Commission of Justice and Human Rights of the Congress totest the opinion that seeks to modify the law by establishing a period of eight months to gather all the necessary information.
“We hope that the regulatory measure that is taken enhances effective collaboration and does not make this an instrument that does not serve us within the criminal process.”, declared Barrios, who hopes that the Congress of the Republic will make a decision that supports the investigation of acts of corruption.
The prosecutor of the Lava Jato Special Team, Jose Domingo Perezalso referred to bill by ensuring that, with this, it is intended to maintain the “status quo of corruption”, since the process can actually last for years.
“(Criminal organizations) are structures that are difficult to disrupt and effective collaboration is a tool (for that) and if the Congress of the Republic is going to establish us for eight months, then what they are telling us is that it is better to close everything, file everything and that the status quo of corruption, impunity and crime continues”, he said in statements to RPP.
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Modifications in the Effective Collaboration Law
The opinion approved by the Justice Commission to change articles of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code includes:
- A period of eight months is imposed for the effective collaboration process, which is counted when the request is submitted and the agreement is signed or the request is rejected. There will only be an extension of eight months, if it is the crime of organized crime, or four months if a justification is presented.
- The manifestation of the applicant for effective collaboration will only be made in the presence of the prosecutor of the case and his lawyer.
- The corroboration of the declaration of an applicant for effective collaboration with the manifestation of other applicants for the declaration is prohibited.
- Anyone who identifies an effective collaborator or disseminates their partial or complete statement will be punished with imprisonment for not less than four years nor more than six years. When the perpetrator is a public official, the penalty shall be no less than five nor more than seven years.