Center publishes guidelines for mutual legal assistance in international criminal matters | India News

NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry has issued comprehensive guidelines on “Mutual Legal Assistance” in international criminal cases and detailed the process for law enforcement agencies seeking assistance from abroad through through official communication. The guidelines relate to sending the request letter issued by the court and mutual legal assistance requests issued by the MHA to other countries, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said during the meeting. the Interpol Liaison Officers (ILO) virtual conference held at the CBI headquarters on Tuesday.
The guidelines also contain templates for writing a request letter appropriately so that it is not rejected by the recipients. Bhalla said the central government has given approval in principle to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) academy to join the Interpol Global Academy network, which would make it a regional center to deliver various specialized training courses for Interpol. .
Subodh Jaiswal, Director of CBI, explained the challenges posed by online radicalization, international terrorist networks and organized crimes, transnational crimes, financial cybercrimes, etc., saying that very coordinated and parallel actions are needed to remove these networks.
Conference attendees – themed around detecting crime and criminals around the world – included liaison officers from Interpol and officials from the CBI and other law enforcement agencies.
Bhalla highlighted the increased need for international coordination in criminal matters given the rapid technological transformation over the past two decades, which has increased the complexity of investigations.
“Having an effective international cooperation mechanism – through formal channels such as MLAT&LR and informal channels like Interpol – has become important in the current scenario. Countering the challenges posed by transnational organized crime requires cooperation and increased operational coordination between law enforcement agencies to facilitate the tracking of criminals, the exchange of information on criminal activities and the tracing of proceeds of crime,” Bhalla said.
Jaiswal underscored the importance of digital evidence at a time when there was a global disbursement of crime, criminals, suspects, conspirators, accomplices, witnesses and victims.
“Law enforcement around the world cannot work in silos when criminal elements increase their cooperation through the use of technology platforms such as the darknet, cryptocurrency and encrypted communications. We are working in close collaboration with international law enforcement agencies to geolocate criminals, fugitives and for their return to India,” Jaiswal added.
The director of the agency also said that the CBI has coordinated with international law enforcement agencies to target financial crimes related to cybercrime and also take substantial action to combat the threat of pornography. childish. “A series of global networks involved in the sexual exploitation of children have been successfully dismantled in recent years. Interpol channels were used to share information for parallel action around the world in different countries,” he said.

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