Saturday, October 16, 2004

Ottawa Expands DNA Bank

Ottawa moves to expand DNA databank
Last Updated Fri, 15 Oct 2004 21:53:21 EDT

OTTAWA - The federal government passed legislation Friday that will authorize judges to order people convicted of child pornography to submit DNA samples.
"This legislation would make it possible for more DNA samples to be collected from more convicted offenders," said Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Irwin Cotler.
The current national DNA databank holds samples from people who have been convicted of serious crimes.
If the legislation becomes law, DNA from people convicted of 28 other Criminal Code offences will also be included in the databank.
The list would include Internet luring; child pornography; sexual exploitation of a person with a disability; and offences related to prostitution involving persons under 18.
Judges would also be able to ask for DNA samples from people convicted of criminal harassment; offences related to organized crime; uttering death threats; and intimidation.