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RI ratifies Swiss mutual legal assistance treaty

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly speaks during a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs in Senayan, Jakarta on June 22, 2020.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The House of Representatives passed a bill on the ratification of a treaty on mutual legal assistance (MLA) with Switzerland in a plenary meeting on Tuesday, in what officials commend as a progressive legal breakthrough against money laundering practices in the country. Speaking after the plenary, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the government would begin the necessary procedures to collect data and track assets in Switzerland that resulted from criminal acts. Yasonna said the government would put together an asset-tracing team comprising members of the National Police’s criminal investigations department (Bareskrim), the Attorney General’s Office, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Foreign Ministry. “We will also work together with the Swiss authorities to access the available data," he said. “With this legal framew...