Defence Rights of Accused: Legal Basis

Among the most evident rights of an accused person in all judicial systems, the accused’s defence rights stand at the top. As one of the fundamental principles of fair trial, it is envisaged in national laws including Criminal Procedure Code as well as the Law on Respect for Legitimate Freedom and Protection of Citizen’s rights (ratified in May 2004) which provides that “The courts and prosecution offices are obliged to observe the accused’s rights and provide them with the opportunity to take lawyers and experts.”

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