On November 13, the representatives of the Swedish Commission for Security and Integration came to the Supreme Court for a working visit. The Commission led by Anders Erikson and the Vice Chairman Jeran Hokanson supervises the application of secret investigatory methods in Sweden, and at the present time they study the practice and experience of other member states of the European Union regarding the acceptance and supervision of investigatory measures. In the Supreme Court, the Swedish delegation was met by the senator Arturs Freibergs of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate and the Head of the Division of Special Records Signe Zalkalne.

The Commission for Security and Integration of Sweden was interested in the Latvian laws under which investigative measures are applied, the role of the Supreme Court in these processes, restrictions for issuing permissions. Special interest was expressed regarding the procedure of the Supreme Court for releasing information to individuals on the investigatory measures accepted by the Supreme Court.

The Swedish Commission discussed these issues in the Prosecutor General Office of the Republic of Latvia, as well.

The task of the Commission for Security and Integration is to supervise the investigatory activities, that is, the covert monitoring of the telephone conversations, installation of surveillance cameras, etc., and usage of the information obtained by these methods and the information registered with the security register of Sweden. The Commission which consists of two judges and 7 politicians from the parties represented in the parliament supervises also the work of the Swedish Security Police.

This June the Swedish parliament with a little majority of votes passed a law which allows to monitor all the overseas telephone calls, fax messages and e-mails in the interests of the national security. A wider scope of supervision rights are entrusted to the Swedish Data Inspection Department and the commission of the parliament.


Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211