May 16 in Brasilia, Brazil, as part of the work of the 6th Meeting of
Working Group on Legal Cooperation in Criminal Matters, the delegation
of Argentina will present the central authorities and agencies
responsible for international legal cooperation on mutual assistance in
criminal matters and extradition in the OAS member states with a
proposal for a new inter-American legal instrument governing
Drawn up by the Argentine
delegation, with the support of the delegations of Brazil, Chile,
Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay, the proposal will be
presented pursuant to one of the mandates adopted by the ministers of
justice and attorneys general of the Americas at
in Quito, Ecuador, in November
In drafting the document, the Argentine delegation
conducted a detailed analysis of the replies to the questionnaire that,
with the support of the REMJA Technical Secretariat (the OAS Department
of Legal Cooperation), was distributed to the OAS member statesí
competent authorities. This enabled it to identify the status of
extradition in the Hemisphere, particularly the obstacles faced by
countries in applying the mechanism, the different regulations existing
as regards the grounds for denial, and the absence of rules governing
certain new developments, such as temporary surrenders and the use of
new information technologies in extradition proceedings.
Thus, the proposal to be presented in Brasilia seeks
to standardize the rules and simplify the requirements governing
extradition; in addition, it offers new tools to streamline proceedings
and regulates certain situations that can pose obstacles to extradition.
The proposal includes such figures as simplified extradition and
temporary surrender, among other provisions.
At the 6th Meeting, along with
the Argentine delegationís proposal, the Working Group will also be able
to consider the proposed Additional Protocols to the Inter-American
Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Nassau
Convention). One of these additional
protocols covers the use of new communication technologies and hearings
by videoconference and will be presented by the delegation of El
Salvador, while the other covers joint investigation teams and will be
presented by the delegation of Chile.
For further information on the 6th Meeting and the Working Group, please visit the OAS Criminal Matters Network here.
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