Mexico signed extradition agreement with Italy and antimafia collaboration.
Mexico and Italy signed agreement on security issues.
Mexico City.- Marisela Morales Ibáñez , attorney general of Mexico, signed an extradition treaty with Italy and a Treaty on Criminal Legal Assistance to fight against organized crime.
The mexican Attorney Gral also held a meeting with the Italian Anti Mafia Director Mr. Piero Grasso. Both parts will collaborate in technical asssistance on Organized Crime, illegal drug trafficking and Witness Program.
The mexican official said that organized crime is a phenomenon of our times that do not recognize borders, and its combat requires international cooperation. Hence the importance of expanding and improving international legal instruments, like the agreements with Italy.
The Minister of Justice of Italy, Francesco Nitto Palma, welcomed the new treaties since, he said, is a top priority of the Italian Government to combat crime, so that international coordination is essential to share experiences and improve processes .
The Mexican official explained that it is precisely the spirit of the Palermo Convention of 2000, which Italy and Mexico are signatories, which inspired the new criminal laws against organized crime in Mexico.
This is the most extensive legal reform in nearly a century. Strengthening the rule of law, the guarantee of the presumption of innocence, respect for human rights and effective protection of people and goods, are the main objectives of this reform, said the Attorney’s Office.
In a press conference in the Italian Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico stressed that the signed Extradition Treaty is a tool that allows mexicans to close the spaces to criminal activities. “With this Extradition Treaty, we may use electronic means to act in real time and accelerate the delivery of justice,” she added.
Money laundering and drug trafficking in small scale, are crimes that are expected, which may occur more often initially, hence the importance of being prepared to act efficiently and promptly.
About the Criminal Legal Assistance Treaty, the Attorney Gral said that it binds both procedural systems to efficiently research, seizures, searches and testimony of witnesses, among others. It provides the possibility of forming a solid barrier between the two countries to address transnational organized crime.
Today it is possible to carry out investigations in which the distances have shortened with the use of new technologies. One example is the use of videoconferencing in cross-examination of witnesses, cross-examination, sufficiency of expert evidence and judicial processes that accelerate results, while protecting the victims.
These treaties are also, said Marisela Morales, a clear and strong message to criminal organizations all over the world that Italy and Mexico are firmly resolved to close their space of action.