For those who have tried cases in the Middleeast or Asia, for example with local witnesses, here's something may interest you. Note, the same can happen in court or with counsel's interviews of witnesses.
Picture this. You are in a foreign country. The police arrest you and realise that you don’t speak the language. So, they organise someone to translate. If you’re lucky, the person they contact is a professional interpreter. If you’re unlucky, the person is a multilingual police officer who happens to speak your language just well enough to scrape through an interview. Either way, you are now having to talk through someone else.
Dr. Julia Shaw, Translation errors in police interviews could send innocent people to jail. Science Focus, August 14, 2022.
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