Legal cooperation pact inked by Taiwan, Nauru

Taiwan and Indo-Pacific ally Nauru concluded an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters Aug. 7 in Taipei City, underscoring the government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners in combating crime.
 
Under the pact, Taiwan and Nauru will collaborate in areas such as acquiring documentary evidence and testimonies, executing searches and seizures, and immobilizing and confiscating assets. It also allows law enforcement officials from both countries to form joint investigation teams incorporating digital techniques like remote interrogation to increase efficiency.
 
According to the Ministry of Justice, the agreement was inked by MOJ Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang and David Adeang, Nauru’s minister for justice and border control, following two years of negotiations facilitated in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Nauru is the sixth nation to seal a deal with Taiwan on legal assistance in criminal matters. Others include Japan, South Africa and the U.S.
 
Relations between Taiwan and Nauru are going from strength to strength. The two sides pursue mutually beneficial cooperation across a variety of fields spanning agriculture, clean energy, culture, education and health care. (CPY-E)
 
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