The prosecutor writes in one Press release.
Already on Friday, the attorney general announced that there is a need to review police procedures when looking into drug cases.
The Public Prosecutor is now asking prosecutors in all Norwegian regions to review these routine procedures.
In addition, the prosecutor requests an investigation and evaluation of the practice in relation to physical examinations in such cases. In the form of a urine sample, blood sample, or body cavity examination.
In preparation from Friday, the attorney general clarified that the police are not allowed to force people to test themselves for drugs, if only there is suspicion of drug use.
He will assess the claim
The Attorney General will also assess whether the prosecuting authority currently has adequate oversight and documenting searches.
The Attorney General also stresses that if the review reveals errors or illegal searches, this should be dealt with in each individual case, not as part of the review it requests.
The findings of public prosecutors will be presented in a report by October 1 this year.
The report stated that “based on these materials, the public prosecutor, in consultation with the Norwegian Police Directorate, will assess whether there is a need for further measures.”
The press release came around the same time with Government press conference on Corona, held at 4 pm.
Controversy over coercion in the police
How did this debate start?
On February 19, the government submitted its drug reform proposal. It is largely based on the proposal of the Drug Reform Commission that drugs should continue to be banned, but the possession of small quantities of drugs for personal use should no longer be penalized. The reform is under consideration by Parliament’s Health and Welfare Committee, and is out for consultation.
What does it mean that the proposal is ready for consultation?
When a proposal is consulted, Parliament “Parliament” invites organizations and individuals to provide input into the proposals they are considering. The deadline for the consultation is May 15th. There are some consultation responses that have already been received, which are the core of the debate on police coercion.
What did the consultation responses say?
Parts of the police answered that if the government’s drug reform gets a majority in parliament, the police will lose some of the tools they have today, to stamp out drug crimes. They argued that one would then lose the opportunity to search for phones and people looking for evidence of whom Sold Subject.
Is what the police say true?
Many attorneys think that what parts of the police are saying is wrong. They believe the tools that police officers feared losing were totally illegal. So the prosecutor decided to determine what the police could and could not do.
What did the attorney general say?
Among other things, the public prosecutor said that the police cannot force people to check themselves for drugs with samples of blood or urine, and that the police should not search a person suspected of drug use if the purpose is to detect an unknown drug seller. He also said that he believed there was no basis for saying there was a serious failure of the system or widespread abuse of rules of forced use and searches, but that he believed he needed further investigation.
Has the controversy ended now, as the Attorney General explained?
The debate continues, whether in the media or on social media. In addition, several political parties are in the process of deciding whether or not to support government anti-drug reform. The recommendation is expected to be submitted to Parliament’s Health and Welfare Committee on 27 May.
The Attorney General also announced that he will conduct a review of the searches for drug cases. Prosecutors must submit a report to the Attorney General by October 1 this year.
Big debate about coercion in the police
Controversy over what police are allowed to do if drug offenses are suspected has erupted since then Medicines reform launched in February.
Consultation responses from parts of the police sparked strong reactions among many prominent lawyers and experts.
On Friday, the Public Prosecutor released an explanation, explaining what the police are allowed to do, and what they are not allowed to do, if they suspect drug offenses.
Here, Mourad emphasized that he believed there was no basis for saying that there was a gross failure in the system or a widespread misconduct of the rules for forced use and searches.
But he announced a review of police procedures at the time already.