The Supreme Public Prosecutors Office has decided to expand video and sound recording of police interrogations to also include victims and witnesses as well as suspects in crime cases.
Although it has already been in test phase for some time, the expanded recordings will be launched in October. TV Asahi quoted a spokesman for the prosecutors office as saying that recordings of police questioning of both witnesses and victims will help ensure that suspects are properly investigated and prevent wrongful charges.
Video and sound recording was originally launched for testing nearly three years ago when a scandal involving the Osaka prosecutors office rocked the judicial system. Since the implementation of the recording program, the Public Prosecutors Office has announced an exponential increase in results from interrogations in departments across the country.
Furthermore, although getting suspects to testify or confess to their crimes directly under video and audio surveillance may prove difficult, the recorded content from the interrogations will make it easier for judges to substantiate or deny credibility of testimonies made during trial.
In cases where there is a dearth of evidence and the testimony of a suspect can make or break a case, or in cases where improper treatment of a child is suspected but not proven, officers can gather a collection of recorded testimonies which could help shed light on the truth and protect the child's welfare, TV Asahi quoted an official as saying.© Japan Today