Saudi Attorney General, Egyptian Justice Minister Discuss Judicial Cooperation

Friday, 22 February, 2019 - 08:15
Cairo - Asharq Al-Awsat

Egyptian Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel-Rahim received on Thursday Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab, accompanied by a high-level judicial delegation from the Saudi Public Prosecution.

A statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice said that the meeting touched on aspects of joint cooperation and the activation of judicial agreements signed between the two countries in the criminal field.

The statement also said that the visit confirmed “the deep-rooted Saudi-Egyptian relations that fall within the framework of a joint strategy aimed at supporting the exchange of judicial expertise and enhancing joint Arab cooperation.”

The Saudi Attorney General is visiting Cairo to participate in the first regional conference for the Middle East and North Africa on strengthening international cooperation in the face of the growing threat of terrorism and money laundering.

The conference concluded on Thursday with the participation of 41 countries and international organizations from the MENA region, Europe and Asia.

Nabil Sadeq, Egyptian Attorney General, presented the recommendations at the end of the conference, calling for strengthening the mechanisms of regional and bilateral cooperation to prevent and combat criminal practices and to take more effective measures to fight terrorism, with emphasis on the respect for human rights and the support for mutual cooperation.

He also urged countries to respond swiftly to demands for mutual legal assistance and requests for the extradition of convicts in terrorist cases through the application of international conventions or the principle of reciprocity.

Sadeq also pointed to the importance of encouraging states to freeze and confiscate the funds of terrorists and terrorist entities, within the framework of relevant international and regional conventions, and to make necessary national legislative amendments in line with international obligations.

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