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Police get greater access to DNA register

A law change is going to make it easier for the police to check a charged person’s DNA profile against the so-called lead register, or the DNA register at the National Crime Investigation Service in Norway (Kripos).

The lead register contains DNA profiles of unidentified persons. The profiles are established in connection with investigations of murder, rape and robberies. Until now the police have not been allowed to check DNA profiles against the lead register unless the accused approves it.

“We considered that to be absurd,” said Jørn Holme, parliamentary secretary at the Justice Department to the national daily, Aftenposten. “As a result, it was decided in cabinet last Friday to change the law so that the police no longer need approval from the accused in order to check the person’s DNA profile against the register at Kripos.”

The background for the Justice Department’s initiative to make the law change was a case where a man charged with rape gave the police his approval to run his DNA profile in the lead register, and the result was that an addition three rape cases were solved.

The lead register at Kripos contains 391 DNA leads from different persons and a number of different crimes. 62 of the cases are unsolved robberies.

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