Indonesia Signs MLA Treaty with Switzerland

Indonesia Signs MLA Treaty with Switzerland

Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights (Menkumham), Yasonna H. Laoly, signed the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Treaty with the Swiss Minister of Justice, Karin Keller-Sutter after going through two rounds of negotiations, in Bali and in Bern, Switzerland, which was held at the Bernerhof Bern, Monday (4/2) local time. Reporting from Antara, the Pensosbud of the Indonesian Embassy in Bern said the Treaty, which consists of 39 articles, among others, regulates legal assistance regarding tracking, freezing, confiscation and confiscation of assets resulting from crimes.

Minister Yasonna stated that the MLA Treaty could be the legal basis to combat tax fraud. "This Treaty is part of the Indonesian government's efforts to ensure that Indonesian citizens or legal entities comply with Indonesian tax regulations and do not commit crimes of tax evasion or other tax crimes," said the Minister of Law and Human Rights. At the proposal from Indonesia, the Treaty implements retroactive principle. This principle makes it possible to combat criminal acts which have been committed before the entry into force of the Treaty as long as the court's decision has not been implemented.

This is very important in order to combat crimes committed before this Treaty entry into force. Indonesian Ambassador to Bern Muliaman D. Hadad accompanying the Minister at the signing ceremony stated that the MLA Treaty between Indonesia and Swiss was an extraordinary achievement of mutual criminal assistance cooperation. He said the signing of the MLA Treaty is the achievement of the bilateral cooperation in the economic, social and cultural fields between Indonesia and Swiss, which had been well established so far.

The signing of the MLA Treaty is in line with Nawacita program, and President Jokowi's directives on various occasions, including the commemoration of World Anti-Corruption Day 2018, where the President emphasized the importance of this treaty as a working platform the law, especially in the government's efforts to eradicate corruption and return assets resulting from corruption crimes (asset recovery). The MLA Treaty between Indonesia and Swiss is the 10th MLA treaty signed by the Government of Indonesia (ASEAN, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Republic of Korea, India, Vietnam, UAE, and Iran), and for Switzerland it is the 14th MLA treaty with non-Indonesian countries. Europe. (Ant/OL-6)