Union Cabinet approved treaty between India and Maldives on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters

Oct 21, 2015 16:00 IST

The Union Cabinet on 21 October 2015 gave its approval for signing of a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in Criminal Matters between India and the Maldives.  

The treaty aims to boost the efficiency of both the countries in investigation and prosecution of crime, through cooperation and mutual legal assistance in terrorism, transnational crime and criminal matters.

The proposed treaty will offer a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation with Maldives in investigation and prosecution of crime as well as in tracing, restraint and confiscation of proceeds, and instruments of crime as well as funds meant to finance terrorist acts.

What is Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT)?

A mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) is an agreement between two or more countries for the purpose of gathering and exchanging information in an effort to enforce public laws or criminal laws.

This assistance may take the form of examining and identifying people, places and things, custodial transfers and providing assistance with the immobilization of the instruments of criminal activity.

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