Thursday , August 11 2022

Morocco and India signed an extradition treaty from New Delhi


Morocco and India signed an agreement on judicial cooperation on the extradition of criminals in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Under this agreement, signed by Justice Minister Mohamed Aujyar and Indian Foreign Minister VK Singh, each party undertakes to hand over to another, on the principle of reciprocity, and in the case of the presentation of persons prosecuted or convicted of deprivation of liberty by courts of one of the two earth.

"The purpose of this agreement is to provide a transparent, reliable and permanent legal framework for the extradition of persons accused of cross-border crimes, trafficking in human beings, terrorism and all other criminal or economic offenses committed in a Contracting State," Aujjar told MAP.

The agreement will also allow the two countries to co-operate in resolving cases of criminal elements that act against national interests of India or Morocco, he added, adding that both countries need this framework. the legal basis for effective cooperation in the fight against crime.

"The signing of this agreement sets a new milestone in building bilateral relations between the two countries' cooperation in several areas of common interest," the minister said.

"Visit of His Majesty King Mohamed VI to India in 2015 gave a strong impetus to relations between the two countries, as evidenced by the exchange of visits and the signing of several conventions and agreements," he said.

For his part, Singh praised the level of bilateral co-operation and excellent ties between the two countries, some of whom are ancestors and are returning to India for the famous investigator Ibn Battute in the 14th century.

"We held several meetings of economic and commissions and signed 22 conventions in less than 21 months, which speaks about the dynamics of the relationship between the two countries," he said.

On this occasion, the Indian Minister welcomed the return of Morocco to the African Union and its leading role in the development, stability and prosperity of the continent.

He also highlighted major reform projects initiated by the HM King for the socio-economic development of Morocco and the construction of a modern state that respects rights and freedoms.

On Monday, three more conventions were signed between Morocco and India. They deal with mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters and the exchange of expertise related to digital transformation in the field of justice.

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