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Fiches Belges: Republica Ceha

Interceptarea, înregistrarea şi transcrierea telecomunicaţiilor (101)

1. MEASURE IMPLEMENTATION

Republica Ceha

Is this measure possible in your Member State under International Judicial Cooperation?

Yes. Interception of communication is possible in the extent available to national authorities involved in criminal proceedings pursuant to Section 88 of Code of Criminal Proedure (CPC), i.e. in case of criminal proceedings concerning: a) crimes, for which the Criminal Code prescribes a sentence of imprisonment with the upper limit of 8 or more years, b) crimes stipulated in Section 88a (1) of CPC, related to public tenders, abuse of official powers and economic competition, namely: Machinations in Insolvency Proceedings (Section 226 of Criminal Code), Breach of Regulations on Rules of Economic Competition (Section 248 (1) e, (2) to (4) of CC), Arranging Advantage in Commission of Public Contract, Public Tender and Public Auction (Section 256 of CC), Machinations in Commission of Public Contract and Public Tender (Section 257 of CC), Machinations in Public Auction (Section 258 of CC) and Abuse of Power of Public Official (Section 329 of CC), c) crimes, prosecution of which is stipulated in international treaties binding the Czech Republic.

2. LEGAL FRAMEWORK

Republica Ceha

International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

Directive 2014/41/EU regarding the European Investigation Order in criminal matters was implemented in the Czech law and the EIO became effective from 16 August 2018. It is applicable in relation to the Member States, which have also implemented the EIO Directive. For the countries, which have not implemented the EIO Directive so far, the following legal framework is applicable: European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of April 20, 1959 and its first and second Additional Protocol of 1978 and 2001 respectively. Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European union of May 29, 2000 and its Protocol of 2001. Bilateral treaties on legal assistance in criminal matters. Requests for legal assistance may also be accepted in the absence of legal framework on the principle of reciprocity.

3. COMPETENT AUTHORITY TO:

Republica Ceha

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

In case of stadard MLA requests the central authority for receiving requests in pre-trial proceedings is the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office, and for receiving requests in trial stage of proceedings the Ministry of Justice. The request may also be sent directly to the competent authorities when the Requesting state proceeds according to Second Additional Protocol of 2001 to the COE 1959 Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance or the EU 2000 Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

* execute/recognise the measure (if other than the receiving authority)

The order to intercept telecommunications is issued by the presiding judge (in trial proceedings) or the judge upon a petition of the public prosecutor (in pre-trial proceedings).

4. ACCEPTED LANGUAGES

Republica Ceha

Accepted languages for the request/decision

Czech. When proceeding according to COE 1959 Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and its additional Protocols, translation of requests in not required on the condition of reciprocity. When proceeding according to EU 2000 Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, translation of requests is not required on the condition of reciprocity. The language regime of requests may be modified by bilateral treaties between the Czech Republic and the requesting state - i.e. bilateral treaty with Germany amending the COE 1959 Convention.

5. EXECUTION DEADLINE

Republica Ceha

Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)

N/A

6. CONCISE LEGAL PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Republica Ceha

a. Special requirements

Section 47 (2) of the Act on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (MLA Act) requires meeting the condition of dual criminality for executing requests for interception of communications. There is also a minimum treshold of a sentence of imprisonment imposable for the crime in question, plus there is a list of specific crimes, in relation to which interception of communications may be applied - see. answer no.1.

b. Other useful information

The order for interception of telecommunications must be made in writing and substantiated. It must state the period of interception, which cannot be longer than 4 months. This period my be extended by additional periods of up to four months, even repeatedly, on the basis of a new request.

Last reviewed on 13 august 2018 by Tools Correspondent

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