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MEPs approve new law on access to a lawyer

MEPs this week approved a new EU law to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings.

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Reduction in Glasgow knife crime

Interesting figures obtained last week by the Evening Times newspaper indicate that there has been a reduction of almost 40% in knife attacks in the Glasgow area compared to last year’s figures.

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First appeal against 'whole life' tariff

A convicted murderer has become the first to appeal against his “whole life tariff” prison sentence since the European Court of Human Rights ruled that such sentences could be in breach of human rights, reports the Telegraph.

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Tax fraud and identity theft

Tax fraud takes many forms, as shown by a recent HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) prosecution concerning identity theft and Income Tax repayments.

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HMRC targets VAT fraud

In the latest example of its crackdown on VAT fraud, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last week announced the successful prosecution of a Birmingham man who had stolen £133,500 by charging his customers VAT but not passing it on to the Revenue.

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Increase in stop and search in Scotland causes concern

New figures have been published that appear to show the number of stop and searches being carried out in Scotland has doubled, leading to concern from human rights groups, reports the Scotsman.The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is believed to have asked Scotland's Chief Constable to investigate the reasons for such a sharp rise in cases.  There has apparently also been an increase in the number of successful outcomes from these searches, such as the discovery of drugs or weapons, but concerns have been raised that too great a use of these techniques could damage police/community relations.According to the Scotsman, senior police officers have pointed to falling crime rates and say the rise in stop and search is the result of improvements in suspect identification. The SPA however has stated it needs to sure the use of these controversial measures is "fair and proportionate."For specialist legal advice from our criminal defence solicitors based in Glasgow contact us today.

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Four sentenced for £6m film tax fraud

Four members of a London based gang were sentenced last week for their roles in a £6 million VAT and film tax credits fraud.Of the four, one absconded before the trial and was convicted in his absence. The remaining three, Amit Kumar, Afsana Karim and Sanjeev Mirajkar, were convicted following a seven week trial.

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FCA fines trader for market manipulation

For the first time the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has taken enforcement action against a High Frequency Trader, as part of its strategy to enhance the integrity of the UK’s financial markets.

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Beltrami & Co are Finalists in The Law Awards of Scotland 2013

We are delighted to announce that Beltrami & Co has been shortlisted as finalists in The Law Awards of Scotland 2013 in several categories alongside some of Scotland’s other most established law firms.

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Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office

The European Commission has set out plans to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States' courts - crimes affecting the EU budget.

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Whole life orders should include the possibility of review

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled this week that three British men who had been given whole life sentences had suffered a breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits inhuman and degrading treatment.

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Full investigation is key in decisions to prosecute victims of trafficking

Child victims of human trafficking who commit a crime could have charges against them dropped if they can prove that the offence was committed as a result of exploitation, following a recent Court of Appeal case in which the Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened.

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MEPs target mafia-style crime

Whistleblowers, informers and witnesses of mafia-style crime should be protected EU wide, says the European Parliament, in a set of proposals voted on this week. The proposals include the following:

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Tougher penalties mooted for cybercrime

Cyber criminals could soon face tougher EU-wide penalties under a draft directive agreed by MEPs, Council and Commission negotiators last year and endorsed by the EU Parliament Civil Liberties Committee this week.

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EU fair trial rights proposal

A European Commission proposal to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings has moved a step closer to agreement, after a breakthrough in negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

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Prosecution concerns over trafficked child

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has told the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal in England and Wales, that a 14-year-old boy who was trafficked to the UK and forced into slave labour should not have been prosecuted.

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Prisoner voting rights debated

Earlier this week, ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary debate on the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) bill, human rights organisations called on MSPs to consider allowing certain prisoners to vote.

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Confiscating criminals' assets - EU plans

Draft rules to make it easier for national authorities to freeze and confiscate criminals' assets across the EU were beefed up by the European Parliamentary Civil Liberties Committee this week. The MEPs also sought to safeguard the right to a fair trial, and called upon member states to use confiscated assets to fight crime and for social projects.

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EU Civil Liberties Committee rejects PNR proposal

A European Commission proposal to allow the use of EU air passenger name record (PNR) data in investigating serious crime and terrorist offences was rejected by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs last week, by 30 votes to 25.

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Glasgow is UK’s least peaceful urban area

A recent study by the Institute for Economics and Peace reveals that, while the UK is 11% less violent than a decade ago, Glasgow is the least peaceful of all the major urban areas, with London ranked as the second most violent.

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