Victims of a crime

If perpetrators are to be brought to justice, it is important for the victims to go to the police as soon as possible to lodge a criminal complaint. They can do so at the police station, or in the case of minor offences by telephone or online. Once a suspect has been found, the Public Prosecution Service takes over. Suspects are questioned, and if there is due cause, they will be held in pre-trial detention and prosecuted.

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The police can arrest someone who is suspected of committing a criminal offence and question him.


Once the investigation has been concluded, the public prosecutor may decide to prosecute a suspect. In


At the hearing, the court either acquits or convicts the defendant, or discharges him from prosecution


On appeal, a different (higher) court reviews the case. This court may convict or acquit the