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]