Mutual Legal Assistance, Extradition and Recovery of Proceeds of Corruption in Asia and the Pacific


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2007 - Bringing the corrupt to justice and recovering the proceeds of corruption have become more challenging as people and assets cross borders with ever greater ease. While law enforcement increasingly depends on international cooperation to gather evidence and apprehend fugitives, the mechanisms for mutual legal assistance (MLA) and extradition remain inadequate.

The member jurisdictions of the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific have taken stock of their frameworks and practices in this area to boost their effectiveness. This report highlights the strengths and weaknesses of existing regulatory models, policies and practices. It provides policy makers with recommendations to strengthen existing frameworks and outlines policy options to help implement these recommendations.

This report is addressed to policy makers who endeavor to enhance policies for MLA, extradition, and recovery of assets and, as a practical manual, to practitioners and prosecutors who seek information on the requirements for MLA and extradition in a country they wish to approach to request legal assistance.


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