The Foundation For The Defense Of Citizens Against State Abuses (FACIAS) has recently sent a formal request to the Ministry of Justice, the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Finance, asking for details of the amounts spent by the state for the prosecution of criminal cases that were subsequently dismissed or closed by the courts.
The reasons for this request are based on FACIAS's legitimate concern about the way public funds are allocated and spent in court cases, especially in cases where these trials do not reach a concrete legal outcome. In the absence of a clear and detailed response from these institutions, FACIAS experts have carried out an independent cost analysis. What did they conclude? The total amount spent on these cases amounts to an alarming figure of more than €10 million.
Who is responsible for lost money?
This calls into question the efficiency and effectiveness of the resources spent in the criminal investigation process. Against the background of a significant number of cases being closed or with decisions finding inflated costs, FACIAS wonders who will be held accountable for this inefficient management of public money?
FACIAS calls for a thorough and transparent analysis of these expenditures and advocates the need for stricter control and more responsible management of the funds allocated to these activities. This topic will be the subject of the debate "Rule of Law Means No Conviction Without Evidence", organised on 19 October 2023, 11:00, by FACIAS and the Committee on Investigation of Abuses, Corruption and Petitions.
FACIAS PRESS OFFICE