Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs oversaw the third round of negotiations on a mutual legal assistance (MLA) agreement in criminal cases with Poland.

It also supervised the first round of negotiations on an extradition agreement between Indonesia and Poland.

The ministry's assistant deputy for international legal coordination, Brigadier General Arudji Anwar, said that his party was involved in the two negotiations to ensure that the contents of the MLA and extradition agreements were in keeping with the laws of the two countries and international law.

Anwar, who represents the ministry's deputy for legal and human rights coordination, joined other ministry officials in negotiating the MLA and extradition agreements from June 10–15, 2024, in Warsaw, Poland.

"The ministry's role in this negotiation is to oversee and ensure that the substance of the MLA and extradition agreements is in accordance with the national laws of both countries and international law. We hope the agreement can be implemented in the future to eradicate transnational crime," he said in a statement released from his office on Tuesday.

According to him, MLA cooperation in criminal cases and extradition is a concrete form of commitment between the two countries to combat cross-border crimes, such as human smuggling, human trafficking, drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud using the Internet/online scamming networks, and online gambling.

In the third round of negotiations on the MLA agreement, the two countries agreed on the final draft of the contents of the agreement.

Meanwhile, in the first round of extradition negotiations, delegates from the two countries gained a complete understanding of the legal basis for each others' extradition practices, he informed.

MLA negotiations between Indonesia and Poland began on January 2023 in Warsaw and were continued in Bali on May 24–25, 2023. The two countries agreed to include several issues in the agreement framework, such as those regarding the protection of personal data and legal assistance that can be provided reciprocally by Indonesia and Poland.

In the latest rounds of negotiations, the Indonesian government was represented by officials from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs; Prosecutor's Office; National Police; and Corruption Eradication Committee.

If the MLA agreement is completed, Poland will become the first country in the European Union to establish such cooperation with Indonesia.

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Translator: Genta Tenri, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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