Judicial Conventions in Criminal Matters signed between France and Saint Lucia
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.