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    Default past / past perfect

    Hello,

    could you please help me with the correct tense again:

    A witness shall not be examined if his testimony would constitute a breach of the confidentiality obligation imposed or recognized by the state, except when he is relieved of this obligation by a competent body or the person in whose interest he assumed/had assumed such obligation.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Default Re: past / past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hello,

    could you please help me with the correct tense again:

    A witness shall not be examined if his testimony would constitute a breach of the confidentiality obligation imposed or recognized by the state, except when he is relieved of this obligation by a competent body or the person in whose interest he assumed/had assumed such obligation.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka
    I would use the past perfect there. That makes it very clear that the witness assumed that obligation before any trial or pretrial activities began.

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