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DNA Evidence Bill on cards

After numerous criminal cases were brought before the criminal and civil courts requiring DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) tests and forensic evidence, legal experts, scientists and government officials have converged in Kadoma for a three-day workshop to discuss the proposed DNA Forensic Evidence Bill.

They are expected to discuss issues to be presented to Cabinet regarding the proposed Bill.

Law Development Commission acting deputy chairperson Rex Shana said the Bill would seek to prescribe offences that require mandatory DNA profiling to be done.

Shana said such offences included murder, culpable homicide, treason, rape, and others. DNA evidence will be needed to prove whether a person is guilty.

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