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Union Cabinet gives nod to MLAT in Criminal Matters between India and Maldives

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between India and Maldives in case of Criminal Matters.

Decision in this regard was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Key facts of Treaty

  • Aims to enhance effectiveness of both signatory countries in investigation and prosecution of crime. Seeks to enhance cooperation and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
  • Provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation in the context of transnational crime and its linkages to terrorism. The bilateral cooperation will mainly focus on investigation and prosecution of crime.
  • It will also focus on tracing, confiscation of proceeds, restraint and instruments of crime as well as monetary funds meant to finance terrorist acts.

What is MLAT?

  • MLAT is an agreement signed between two or more countries for the purpose of exchanging and gathering information to enforce criminal laws or public laws.
  • Under the MLAT a mechanisms has been developed among countries for obtaining an evidence to solve the criminal investigations and further use it for prosecutions.

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Union Cabinet gives nod to agreement between India and Egypt on Maritime Transport

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an agreement on Maritime Transport between India and Egypt.

Decision in this regard was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The agreement seeks to

  • Strengthen cooperation in the field of merchant shipping and other matters related maritime transport between both countries.
  • Encourage the development maritime relationship between both countries and mutually cooperate to enhance and stimulate steady growth of maritime traffic.
  • Facilitate training and exchange of staff and students between both countries from various maritime establishments.
  • Boost exchange of information necessary for facilitating and accelerating the flow of commercial goods in the sea and at the ports.
  • Facilitate establishment of joint ventures (JVs) in the fields of maritime transportation, maritime training, shipbuilding and repairs, IT including development of simulators, port facilities and related maritime activities, etc.

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