Taiwan, Nauru sign legal cooperation deal - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan, Nauru sign legal cooperation deal

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwan and Nauru signed a legal cooperation agreement Wednesday on criminal matters to jointly combat cross-border crime, making the Pacific ally the sixth country to sign such a deal with the nation.

The pact, titled "Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters," was signed by Taiwan's Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) and his Nauru counterpart, visiting Justice Minister David Adeang, at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) headquarters in Taipei, according to a ministry press release.

The pact covers extensive judicial cooperation between the two allies, allowing the authorities of both sides to offer assistance to each other in criminal investigations, court proceedings and international crime-fighting, it noted.

The pact also allows investigators from both countries to form joint investigation teams when necessary and to conduct interrogations of defendants and witnesses in their respective countries via video conferencing, it added.

The agreement is similar to pacts Taiwan has made with the United States, China, the Philippines, South Africa and Poland.

It is the latest in a long list of bilateral agreements signed between Taiwan and the Pacific ally, showcasing their cordial and substantive relations, according to a separate foreign ministry press release.

The two countries signed a sea patrol cooperation agreement in March this year and a police cooperation agreement in September 2018, the ministry said.

(By Joseph Yeh)


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