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Jakarta Post

Indonesia-Swiss MLA: Tool to combat tax crime, recover stolen assets

  • Toriq Rahmansyah


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
In this file photo taken on October 6, 2018 people cross a road past a sign of Swiss banking giant UBS hanging outside a branch in Lausanne on October 6, 2018. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

The House of Representatives ratified the Indonesia-Swiss Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement in Criminal Matters (MLA) on Tuesday. The bilateral agreement creates a basis in international law upon which justice authorities in the two countries can cooperate in detecting and prosecuting criminal acts, particularly corruption and money laundering. Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the MLA could also be used to combat tax crimes so that taxpayers fully complied with tax rules and avoided tax fraud. It is encouraging to know that Swiss authorities also agreed to apply a retroactive clause in the agreement, which means it can be used to handle criminal acts committed before the agreement was signed and ratified. The MLA is a legally binding agreement that enables both signatories to assist in criminal matters, which may involve, but not be limited to, tracing,...