The Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko within the working visit to Argentina signed three interstate agreement between Ukraine and Argentina on the transfer of sentenced persons, on extradition of offenders and mutual legal assistance in the criminal cases, as the Minister wrote on Facebook.
“From now on we guarantee that the criminals, who are trying to hide in Argentina, will be returned home and brought to justice. We can count on legal assistance and provision of important information from the Argentinian side during the investigation,” Petrenko said.
According to him, the signed documents should guarantee the rights of the citizens of both states including those who had issues with the law, on the territory of Ukraine and Argentina. Moreover, the agreements have to increase the effectiveness of the investigative actions in both countries.
“Ukraine has signed such documents with almost all the European and leading states in the world,” he noted.
The signing of the agreement on transferring of the convicted individuals and extradition of the criminals means that under the request of law enforcement agencies, Ukraine and Argentina have all grounds to extradite and demand extradition of the criminals who are suspected in commission the crimes. Both states can arrest and transfer the suspects and accused (for a court proceeding) or the individuals convicted by the trial agencies of one state (to implement the sentence). When there were no such document between the countries, Ukraine and Argentina could refuse to extradite the criminals referring to the absence of the deal on extradition of the criminals.
The document on legal assistance in the criminal cases implies that Ukraine and Argentina are obligated to provide legal assistance to gather evidence, testimonies of the witnesses, experts and accused individuals etc.