The Attorney General’s Office of the Maldives assures that no citizen will lose any rights due to the agreement to be signed between the Maldivian and Indian governments.
AG Office said this regarding some opposition Parliament members expressing concern over the “Treaty between the Republic of Maldives and the Republic of India on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters” to be signed between the two countries.
In their statement released today, AG Office said that the policies regarding mutual legal assistance have been established in 2015 under the Mutual Legal Assistance Act (2/2015). This includes assisting in the investigation of criminal matters, exchanging legal and financial documents that can be considered evidence, and governing custodial transfers.
AG Office's statement also noted that the Prosecutor General can deny assistance to any country under this Act, and that the mutual legal assistance treaty with India will only be followed within the boundaries of the Act.
AG Office further clarified that the treaty does not emphasize extraditions or handovers of fugitives and criminals, and that a Maldivian will not be sent to a foreign court unless their safety is guaranteed under special guidelines.
Apart from India, countries such as Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Russia has proposed similar agreements, and discussions between the governments are ongoing.
AG Office assures that the treaty will accelerate criminal investigations and solidify the process more.