Cabinet close to finalizing international crimefighting bill

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 14, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

The Cabinet is close to finalizing a draft bill on international cooperation in criminal proceedings to facilitate investigations and prosecutions involving Taiwanese suspects, Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said yesterday.

The Cabinet yesterday reached an understanding on the proposed measure with Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers during a regular meeting, Hsu said.

Given its political limitations, Taiwan has found it difficult to establish formal judicial cooperation frameworks with other nations, and the draft bill is to provide a framework for cooperation even in the absence of a formal agreement, he said.

The bill stipulates reciprocal judicial assistance in evidence collection, information delivery, search, seizure, assets freezing and measures to return criminals’ illegal gains to victims.    [FULL  STORY]

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