MINSK, 26 November (BelTA) – For almost nine years of work, the Investigative Committee of Belarus has established close and effective cooperation with its counterparts from many countries, but the Investigative Committee of Russia remains our main partner, Chairman of Belarus' Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich said in an interview with the Investigator's Notes Magazine.
According to him, the two investigative committees do not only provide each other with legal assistance in criminal cases, but also share cutting-edge solutions in conducting investigations. Investigators of the two countries exchange best practices in personnel management and arrange joint scientific events. Investigators of both Russia and Belarus receive training and advanced training in educational institutions of the two countries.
“Such cooperation is highly effective. For example, Russian forensic psychologists who worked with witnesses of the murder of an entrepreneur from the town of Berezino helped develop a profile of one of suspects and make his subjective portrait, which helped find one of the murderers. In July 2019 the Minsk Oblast Court issued a verdict: two citizens of Belarus were found guilty, one of them, taking into account the previously committed crime, was sentenced to life imprisonment, the second was to serve 24 years in prison,” Ivan Noskevich said.
According to him, one in eight crimes committed in Belarus last year were cybercrimes (12% of the total). In H1 2020 this figure increased even more. It would be impossible to successfully investigate such crimes without assistance of counterparts from other countries, especially Russia.
“Let me give you an example. In July last year, the Investigative Committee of Belarus completed the investigation of a criminal case against a Minsk resident who produced pornographic videos and distributed them on the Internet in Russia, the USA, Ukraine and other countries. In January 2019, representatives of INTERPOL's National Central Bureau in Paris came to Belarus to find those who acquired pornographic materials from the accused and who wished to come to Belarus for sexual exploitation of minors. During the investigation of this case, we interacted with the law enforcement agencies of Russia, the USA, Germany, Ukraine and other countries, we sent international instructions. As a result of the joint work we found an Iraqi citizen who took an active part in committing grave crimes against sexual freedom in the territory of Belarus. Based on the materials provided by the Investigative Committee of Belarus, the foreigner has been detained in his country and is being prosecuted,” Ivan Noskevich said.