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Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 6:52 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte acknowledged today that prosecutions in Belize hinge too heavily on eyewitness testimony which has lead to the collapse of countless cases and seeing personsthat may have otherwise been found guilty, acquitted.

Peyrefitte acknowledged that the current system is flawed and needs to be replaced by one that relies on science to prepare the evidence needed to secure a conviction.

“When you look at prosecution of crime we have to move towards science. We have to go on an extensive forensics and scenes of crime approach when it comes to criminal activity so if you have proper DNA facilities, proper ballistics, proper scenes of crime, you don’t depend on intimidated witnesses too much to get convictions, that is the next step when it comes to conviction.

His acknowledgment fell just short of when that next step was coming, and did not take into account that a DNA testing facility has been a recurring promise made by the ruling United Democratic Party over the years as it sought election and re-election.

 

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