Ju­di­cial Con­ven­tions in Crim­i­nal Mat­ters signed be­tween France and Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On March 25, 2014 the 5th ses­sion of the joint se­cu­rity com­mit­tee be­tween France and Saint Lu­cia ne­go­ti­ated two bi­lat­eral agree­ments in the crim­i­nal and ju­di­cial fields. These two agree­ments were signed yesterday. This is the first time in the Caribbean that agree­ments of this na­ture have been signed by France. The ob­jec­tive is to en­sure a trans­parency of ac­tions and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, to have the in­for­ma­tion re­quired and the means to com­bat crime and traf­fick­ing of all kinds, in par­tic­u­lar the traf­fick­ing of drugs.

These con­ven­tions will also pre­vent and sup­press more easily any act of ter­ror­ism. They are fur­ther the illustration of the ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship in the field of jus­tice be­tween the heads of ser­vices of the French State based in Mar­tinique, in the first rank of which the Pre­fect of the re­gion and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Repub­lic, and their coun­ter­parts in Saint Lu­cia.

These two con­ven­tions on mu­tual as­sis­tance in the field of jus­tice be­tween the Gov­ern­ment of the French Repub­lic and the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia have been signed by the Prime Min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia Mr. Allen M. Chastanet, and the Am­bas­sador of France Mr. Eric de la Mous­saye.

The Con­ven­tion on Mu­tual Le­gal As­sis­tance in Crim­i­nal Mat­ters aims to men­tor and de­velop co­op­er­a­tion be­tween France and Saint Lu­cia in the field of mu­tual le­gal as­sis­tance for the pur­pose of pre­vent­ing and com­bat­ting crime, in re­spect of their con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ples re­spec­tively.

To this end, the Agree­ment pro­vides that France and Saint Lu­cia un­der­take to grant each other the widest mea­sure of mu­tual le­gal as­sis­tance and rule more specif­i­cally the mo­dal­i­ties of co­op­er­a­tion in some ar­eas such as the ap­pear­ance of wit­nesses, searches, seizures and for­fei­tures.

The Ex­tra­di­tion Con­ven­tion, which is the nat­u­ral com­ple­ment of the Mu­tual Le­gal As­sis­tance Con­ven­tion, aims to es­tab­lish a more ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion be­tween France and Saint Lu­cia in the sup­pres­sion of crime. To this ef­fect, it pro­vides that the two par­ties un­der­take to sur­ren­der to each other the per­sons on their re­spec­tive ter­ri­to­ries who are pros­e­cuted or have been sen­tenced by the ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties of the other State for an ex­tra­ditable of­fence.

Out­go­ing French Am­bas­sador H.E. Eric de la Mous­saye (left) has signed his­toric agree­ment with Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chastanet.

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