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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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Human rights scrutiny of legislation

A recent report published by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has criticised what it considers to be the Government’s failure to allow enough time to fully examine the human rights implications of some of its legislation.

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Progress in European internal security

The European Commission has published its annual report on the implementation of the EU's Internal Security Strategy (ISS), which highlights areas under each of the objectives of the strategy (2011-2014) where Member States and EU agencies should pay particular attention.

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New strand of recordable hate crime

In an interesting development, Greater Manchester Police has announced that its officers are to begin recording whether someone has been a victim of an alternative sub-culture hate crime. The move will typically affect groups such as Punks, Emos and Goths.

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£32 million fraudster ordered to pay £1 fee

A former stockbroker who was convicted of defrauding investors of millions of pounds has been ordered to pay £1 after being declared bankrupt, reports the Independent.Nicholas Levene was jailed for 13 years last year after pleading guilty to 12 counts of fraud, one count of false accounting and one count of obtaining a money transfer by deception.

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Is there a lack of bribery enforcement?

Eighteen months on from the coming into force of the Bribery Act, and there was only one completed bribery and corruption case last year in Scotland, and only four completed by the Serious Fraud Office, according to accountancy firm Ernst & Young.

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Convictions for international economic migration fraud

Three men have been sentenced to a total of 9 years and 6 months imprisonment at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Petr Kupka, Michal Rondos and Vladimir Fojtik were convicted on 1st March 2013 in relation to their involvement in a large-scale, long-running international economic migration fraud.

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Report on human trafficking in Scotland

Scotland is taking vital steps towards tackling the problem of human trafficking, a new report by EHRC Scotland shows, with ‘a renewed impetus for action.’

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Two years in prison for insider dealing

In a case brought by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Paul Milsom, a senior equities trader, was this week sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to two years imprisonment for disclosing inside information. A confiscation order was also made in the sum of £245,000.

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Popularity of the euro - with counterfeiters!

The European Commission has announced plans to crack down on counterfeiters throughout the EU, in the wake of figures showing that, while the vagaries of currency markets may have affected the popularity of the euro in financial sectors, the same cannot be said for the criminal fraternity.

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Detention of 17-year-olds challenged

Children’s charity, Just For Kids Law, this week challenged the way 17-year-olds are treated when detained by the police in England and Wales

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