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Cyprus seeking to better track convicted paedophiles

The Cyprus government is pushing for a law change to the current Supervisory Authority for Convicted Persons in order to better monitor paedophiles released from prison.

The law amendment – which is set to be sent to parliament from the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance – would see judges adding additional sentences to convicted child sex offenders and which would come into action upon release from prison.

The moves aim to better protect potential victims.

The Justice Ministry, which is responsible for the Supervisory Authority for Convicted Persons, had requested the changes to the law after establishing that it did not have the necessary authorisation to better protect potential victims and to properly monitor individuals that had served prison time for child sex offences.

As things stand now, the authority can only advise convicted paedophiles to seek counseling from either a psychiatrist from the Mental Health Services or from an officer of the Social Welfare Services.

The Legal Services are helping to draft the new legislation which would include the right for judges to impose bans on convicted child sex offenders to visit the schools being attended by their victims (or other children) or other areas that are frequented by their victims (or other children).

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The new law would also allow the Attorney General the right to intervene in a criminal hearing in court and request from the judge to impose further post-sentence restrictions on the accused.

The actual overall operation of monitoring convicted child sex offendrs would be undertaken by a company in the private sector although the supervision would still be undertaken by the Supervisory Authority for Convicted Persons.

Back in 1997, the UK set up the sex offenders register which contains the details of anyone convicted, cautioned or released from prison for a sexual offence.

All convicted sex offenders must register with the police, in person, within three days of their conviction, or release from prison. They must continue this registration on an annual basis.

They must give their name, date of birth, home address and national insurance number.

Anyone getting a jail term of 30 months to life is subject to an indefinite term of registration.

A sentence of six months to 30 months sees the offender get 10 years on the register and a sentence of under six months requires registration of up to seven years.

It is not limited only to offences against children.

In the US, parents have access to pictures and details of all registered paedophiles.

This right is known as “Megan’s law”, named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, who was found strangled near her New Jersey home back in 1994.

Her parents campaigned for the police to notify communities when paedophiles moved in.

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