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ASEAN members talk mutual legal assistance

ASEAN senior officials gathered in Hanoi on Sept. 18 for their third meeting on the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

Hanoi (VNA) – Opening the event, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Le The Tiem said that in the context of the rapid economic and science and technology development as well as the international economic integration, crimes are likely to be more complex and go beyond national borders to become a regional and global issue.

He enumerated international terrorism, trans-national organised crimes, corruption, smuggling, drug-related crimes, cross-border human trafficking, counterfeit currency circulation, international frauds and weapon smuggling.

“The cooperation between nations to fight and prevent these crimes is of important significance for the international community in general and for ASEAN countries in particular,” he said.

According to him, the ASEAN Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters was the first international accord in the field between Southeast Asian countries.

The treaty has so far been ratified by six ASEAN member countries, namely Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

At this third meeting, delegates will discuss difficulties and find out solutions for the implementation of the treaty.

The third meeting, which sees the attendance of senior officials and representatives from embassies of ASEAN countries, the Treaty’s Secretariat and 60 delegates from Vietnamese relevant ministries and agencies, will conclude on Sept. 19.

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