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Timed out? Italian authorities told off by GRECO – and by their citizens

In Italy, one in ten criminal proceedings is dismissed during the prosecution phase because the statutes of limitations expire. Making matters worse: proceedings can effectively be closed, even if an offender has been found guilty in the first instance, in case the appeal process exceeds the statutes of limitations. Not surprisingly, our recent comparative research […]

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Game over. Culprit not convicted.

Let’s start with some shocking news: There is a Western European country in which ten percent of all criminal proceedings are dismissed because they run out of time. This means simply that one in ten alleged criminal offenders in this country is not convicted. Not because he or she is not guilty, but because the […]

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