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Indonesia-Laos Ready to Sign Cooperation in the Legal Field
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DAILYNEWS The Indonesian government through the Directorate General of General Law Administration (Ditjen AHU) of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of law with the Ministry of Justice of the Lao People's Democratic Republic on 4 November 2019 in Jakarta.

AHU Director General Cahyo R Muzhar said the MoC would soon be signed by Indonesia with Laos to strengthen the cooperative relations between Indonesia and Laos. Later the MoC signed by the two countries could provide a legal framework and cooperation on issues of "Legal System", exchange of information and sharing of best practices in handling Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (MLA), Extradition, Human Rights, Institution and Legislation.
"Both Indonesia and Laos have the same perception in developing cooperation especially in strengthening the rule of law, the legal system and legal infrastructure to be not only politically cohesive, economically integrated, and socially responsible, but also truly oriented towards the public interest and rule-based towards the ASEAN Political Security Blueprint of 2025, "Cahyo said, Friday (1/11/2019).
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He explained that the MoC between Indonesia and Laos was one step to strengthen networking in an effort to prevent and combat transnational crime in the ASEAN region. Because in combating transnational crime it cannot be handled independently without increasing mutual support from all ASEAN member countries.
"This collaboration must consider the fact that every country in ASEAN has a different legal system," he said.
Some time ago, he continued, ASEAN countries had also reached two major legal cooperation frameworks namely the ASEAN Extradition Treaty Model (MAET) and the ASEAN Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT). This extraordinary achievement resulted from the consensus of ASEAN member countries.
"In view of these achievements, the next step in developing effective legal cooperation is to reach a consensus on a binding ASEAN Extradition Agreement. This objective is in line with the commitments made by the Government of Indonesia. Therefore, negotiations on the ASEAN Extradition Agreement going forward will take place in "Under the auspices of the ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM)," he said.
Cahyo explained that the model agreement on extradition of ASEAN countries would be an important instrument for international cooperation in criminal matters.
"The structure and provisions of the extradition treaty are the result of a careful assessment of the needs and difficulties of the state in the extradition procedure," he continued.
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The Indonesian government approved the draft model agreement that had been proposed by Singapore as a basis for the establishment of a legally binding ASEAN Extradition treaty. "We hope to be able to complete the ASEAN Extradition treaty as soon as possible," Cahyo said.
In addition to the signing of the MoC, Cahyo said, Kemenkumham through the Directorate General of AHU with the Laos Ministry of Justice will also conduct a Joint Capacity Building and Training. The purpose of these activities is to improve the ability of central authority officials and related ministries / institutions in Laos.
"This joint capacity building is also a follow up to the meeting between the Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights and the Minister of Justice of Laos some time ago in Vientiene, Laos," he explained.
It is planned that the signing of the MoC and the Joint Capacity Building Indonesia and Laos will be held in Jakarta on 2 to 6 November 2019.
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