Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dutch prosecutors stop tapping lawyers' phones

For years, Dutch law enforcement officials have been listening in on conversations between lawyers and their clients. The prosecutor’s office itself now wants to put an end to the practice once and for all.

What do a miracle doctor, a shrink, a lawyer and an imam have in common? Their professions are all on a list of words compiled by the Dutch public prosecutor for what is its biggest inquiry ever. All over the Netherlands, millions of transcripts of phone taps are currently being screened for phone calls between suspects and their lawyers, doctors or psychiatrists. A list of search terms has been compiled that could indicate a confidential conversation has taken place.


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