New conditions for using DNA samples in crime investigation

A molecular genetics laboratory and a computerized genetic database will be created in Moldova. Parliament adopted in the final reading a bill on the judicial genetic registration. The document specifies the conditions of collecting and keeping genetic (DNA) samples that are needed for preventing and combating offenses and for identifying persons who went missing, IPN reports.

The Ministry of the Interior, which drafted the bill, said that different kinds of specimens are now collected at a crime scene. But only the fingerprints can help identify a person directly. The biological samples are the only forensic evidence that can be used to identify persons, including those who went missing or who died in natural disasters, mass accidents, murders or acts of terrorism.

The computerized genetic database will help to swiftly identity crime authors. The samples will be collected by qualified personnel of the General Police Inspectorate or of the forensic units of the National Center for Judicial Expertise.

A sum of €3.5 million is needed to create the molecular genetics laboratory and a computerized genetic database at the Ministry of the Interior. The money will go mainly to purchase the necessary equipment and to train the personnel.

The law will come into force six months after its publication.

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