At the upcoming
Sixth Meeting of the Working Group on Legal Cooperation in Criminal
Matters of the REMJA, to be held May 15 – 16, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil,
a proposed Protocol on Joint Investigation Teams to Supplement the
Inter-American Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters 1992
will be presented before national authorities on international legal
This proposal was
drafted by the Delegation of Chile and sent to the delegations of
Brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru, Suriname, and Uruguay for
consultation, in accordance with the recommendations adopted at the
Ninth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys
General of the Americas held in Quito, Ecuador and the Fifth Meeting of
the aforementioned Working Group that was held in Paraguay, both
occurring in 2012.
In preparing this
document, the Delegation of Chile took into account various
international instruments on the topic, as well as relevant national
legislation, and included what it considers the essential elements
needed to govern this matter. In this respect, the proposed Protocol
aims at facilitating the creation of joint criminal investigations in
two or more States in order to better tackle certain crimes such as
illegal drug trafficking, corruption, and money laundering, among
others, which require joint and coordinated action of the officials
responsible for criminal investigation and prosecution.
At this Sixth meeting, along with this proposal, the Working Group will also consider a proposed Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters relative to the Use of New Communication Technologies and Hearings by Videoconference, and an Inter-American Legal Instrument on Extradition.
For more information on the Sixth Meeting of the Working Group, please visit the website of the OAS Hemispheric Network on Criminal Matters, located at: www.oas.org/juridico/mla/index.html
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