The Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates to Intensify their Cooperation in Criminal Matters

The United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands will intensify their cooperation in criminal matters and the fight against organised crime. Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin signed a Memorandum of Understanding today in the Hague, together with his colleague Hadef bin Ju’an Al Dhaheri of the UAE.

The reason for the memorandum is the increasing number of requests for mutual legal assistance exchanged between the two countries in the past few years. These requests occur in cases involving persons who are suspected of criminal offences or have been sentenced (by a criminal court) in one of the two countries, or persons who have taken refuge in one of the two countries because they are suspected of an offence or have been sentenced for a (criminal) offence.

The United Arab Emirates are an important partner for the Netherlands in fighting cross-border organised crime. In the agreement both countries express their intention to intensify as extensively as possible their cooperation in the field of assistance in criminal matters, transfer of proceedings, extradition, confiscation of illegally obtained assets and the transfer of the implementation of a confiscation order. Furthermore, the agreement provides that both countries will exchange knowledge and expertise.

The signed memorandum has immediate effect.