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King inks decree on mutual legal assistance, extradition

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King Norodom Sihamoni. The royal decree promulgates a treaty of mutual legal assistance with South Korea, Russia and France. ROYAL DU CAMBODGE

King inks decree on mutual legal assistance, extradition

King Norodom Sihamoni on November 14 signed a royal decree promulgating a treaty of mutual legal assistance between Cambodia, South Korea, Russia and France.

Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin said on November 11 that the agreement revolving around legal assistance in the field of criminal affairs is the same as that Cambodia has signed with other countries.

“The agreement has three points, including the transferring of prisoners, cooperation in criminal matters and extradition,” he said.

Malin said Cambodia also has this agreement with countries it is allied with and will continue to strike similar agreements to enhance cooperation in preventing cross-border crimes on the international stage.

Legal expert Sok Sam Oeun said: “In Cambodia’s extradition law, if acts in other countries are considered crimes there but are not deemed to be criminal offences in Cambodia, we cannot extradite a suspect. This agreement follows the law of both countries and international law on extradition.”

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