Mutual Legal Assistance

 

Mutual legal assistance (MLA), extradition and recovery of proceeds of corruption are essential mechanisms in the prosecution and sanctioning of corruption and in maintaining deterrent effect of criminal legislation against bribery and corruption.

The countries and jurisdictions that participate in the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific have thus dedicated important work to strengthening the frameworks and practicies for requesting and granting mutual legal assistance, extradition and the recovery of proceeds of corruption.

Two technical seminars on 4th master training seminar (2006) (2006) and on 6th Regional Seminar on asset recovery and mutual legal assistance (2007) helped raising awareness and deepening knowledge of practitioners in the region about ways to cooperate transnationally in investigating and prosecuting corruption cases. In 2006 and 2007, the Initiative's members further conducted a thematic review on mutual legal assistance, extradition, and recovery of proceeds of corruption that resulted in a comprehensive analytical report of the frameworks and practices for granting and requesting MLA in corruption cases in Asia-Pacific.

As part of the outcome of the review, a mutual legal assistance database has been established. It provides access to the full texts of legislation and treaties governing MLA and extradition among the member jurisdictions of the Initiative and the relations that exist with Parties of the OECD anti-bribery Convention.