Average Suspect Held for 4 Months, Says Prosecutor General
Prosecutor General Norman Aas, in an annual report to the Parliament's Constitutional Committee on Tuesday, said that suspects detained preliminary investigations last year had to wait an average of four months before going to court.
Only 23 out of 829 people detained during preliminary investigations were held for longer than six months, Aas said in a Prosecutor's Office press release on Tuesday.
“In those cases, international organized crime or crime syndicates were under investigation,” said Aas.
The number of people detained dropped 13.7 percent during the year compared with the end of 2011.
As of 2011, confinement can be substituted by electronic surveillance, which was used in 32 instances last year.
A total of 32,723 criminal proceedings were opened in 2012 to investigate the 41,006 crimes reported.
Estonia had 167 prosecutors at the end of 2012, 5 percent fewer than 12 months prior. There are 199 prosecutor positions.