Australia and Vietnam sign treaty to enhance mutual legal assistance in criminal matters
2 July 2014
Today I signed a treaty with Vietnam's Procurator-General, H.E. Mr Nguyen Hoa Binh, to target transnational crime and strengthen Australia's international crime-fighting capabilities in the region.
Australia and Vietnam have a strong record of working closely to tackle transnational crime, particularly in relation to drug trafficking and people smuggling.
The Treaty outlines that not only will we work together to catch these criminals but we will also work together to deprive them of the proceeds of their crimes.
Today's signing also provided an opportunity for Australia and Vietnam to discuss opportunities for further cooperation to detect, disrupt and undermine the business models of criminal syndicates that profit from the misery of organised trafficking of people, drugs and firearms.
The strength of Australia and Vietnam's crime cooperation partnership is demonstrated by:
- the signing the mutual legal assistance treaty today;
- the Treaty on extradition, which entered into force this year; and
- the International Transfer of Prisoners Treaty, which has been in force since 2009.
The Coalition Government is committed to working with Vietnam to shutdown the international criminal highways driving transnational crime to our shores.
The Treaty will now be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties for consideration in accordance with the Australian Government's treaty implementation arrangements.