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    • What does the public have right to know about eavesdroping?

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    • Date: 13 May 2015
      Which information regarding implementation of special investigative measures (SIM) should be secret and which is information of public importance – this is the topic of the round table which will be held on 13th May 2015 starting from 11 a.m. in BCSP’s library (Djure Jaksica 6/5, Belgrade).

      Does the public have the right to know statistical data on SIM implementation, such as annual reports containing total numbers of applied SIM? In what way could transparency and accountability of state authorities be increased while not jeopardizing national security or criminal investigation process? These are some of the questions which will be discussed by:

      • Miroslav Panic, adviser of the Director of BIA and authorized person for responding to requests for information of public importance;
      • Milica Basta, senior adviser, Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection
      • Miodrag Plazinic, Vice - President of the Executive Board of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia
      • Bogoljub Milosavljevic, Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Union University
      • Predrag Petrovic, Executive director of BCSP

      Due to the limited number of places, presence must be confirmed no later than 12 May per e-mail office@bezbednost.org or by phone 011 3287226. The event will be in Serbian and interpreting will not be provided.

      In the framework of the project “Who Controls the Wire: Towards the Effective External Oversight of the Use of Special Investigative Measures’’ supported by the Ambassy of Norway in Belgrade, BCSP researched SIM approving in Serbia.  Questionnaires were sent to the Security Information Agency, the Ministry of Interior, Supreme Court of Cassation, Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Prosecutor’s Office for War Crimes, as well as high courts and high prosecutors’ offices. The obtained answers were very different: some of the institutions did provide the data, the others declained the request explaining that information were classified, while the third ones considered they were not obliged to prepare a new document with requested information. Special investigative measures are measures that infringe upon privacy of the citizens and their fundamental rights. Hence, external oversight is crucial for lawful, accountable and efficient implementation of SIM.

       

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