On Wednesday, 26 August, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns met with the Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa, in order to discuss the audit implemented by the State Audit Office regarding efficiency of investigation and trial of economic and financial crimes.
After the discussion with the Auditor General J.Bordāns appreciated that the report of the State Audit Office was prepared within the planned period of time, besides the change of the Prosecutor General has ensured that experts managed to receive the information, which previously was not provided from the prosecutor’s office. When talking about the expected results of the audit, the Minister of Justice is satisfied that this time also international experts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) would have assessed the work organization of the prosecutor’s office within the framework of the audit.
J.Bordāns: “I have a reason to consider that the result of work of the State Audit Office will serve for achievement of many important targets - it will make the investigation and its supervision as well as the trial effective, and will facilitate useful use of resources of the prosecutor’s office.” Besides, recommendations of the State Audit Office will serve as a basis for conclusion, whether the role of the prosecutor’s office in the supervision of criminal proceedings should be increased and how to introduce the e-case project more effectively.
“It is clear already long time ago that the prosecutor’s office needs restart and results of the audit of the State Audit Office would have crucial meaning on this issue,” emphasizes J.Bordāns.
Pursuant to invitation of the Ministry of Justice, the State Audit Office commenced the audit in August of the last year, within the framework of which criminal proceedings on criminal offences in the field of economy and finance are assessed, in order to comprehensively assess the factors affecting the progress of proceedings, perform complex assessment, gather information about the factors delaying the investigation efficiency of criminal proceedings.
Closure is expected at the end of this year and recommendations will be provided as a result of the audit on how to improve investigation and trial of economic and financial crimes.