The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yury Chaika and the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor of the Italian Republic Franko Roberti signed a Memorandum on Cooperation

12 january 2017, 16:14

Today, on 12 January 2016, a meeting was held between the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yury Chaika and the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor of the Italian Republic Franko Roberti.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Saak Karapetyan, Deputy National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor of the Italian Republic Eugenia Pontassuglia, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Italian Republic in Moscow Michele Tommasi, the accompanying persons and heads of the structural units of the Prosecutor General’s Office. In his presentation the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation underlined that both countries have long-standing friendly and warm relations based on mutual interest in strengthening international security and enhancing strategic partnership. The parties are engaged in an intensified high- and highest-level political dialogue. During the 2016 talks, the leaders of Russia and Italy confirmed the mutual engagement for further development of the Russian-Italian cooperation. One of its elements is dynamic interaction in the law enforcement area. The fight against crime which does not respect state borders should be carried out jointly by the competent authorities of two countries on the basis of international treaties.

Yury Chaika also noted that the prosecutors of both countries had common objectives: to ensure the rule of law, protect the rights of citizens, the interests of society and the state, and bring criminals to justice. These were successfully facilitated due to implementation of the Programme of Cooperation between the prosecutor’s offices signed in Moscow in September 2013, on the sidelines of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors. Within its framework the prosecutors of Russia and Italy exchanged experience in countering crimes which pose a serious threat to society, including organized crime, legalization of proceeds from crime, human trafficking and illegal migration, illegal turnover of arms and drugs.

During the meeting, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yury Chaika and the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor of the Italian Republic Franko Roberti signed a Memorandum on Understanding and Cooperation between the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia and National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Directorate of the Italian Republic.

The Memorandum establishes the main lines of interaction of the parties on the key priorities of their activities, such as fight against the most dangerous types of crimes including terrorism and extremism, illegal turnover of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, cyber-crimes, corruption, trade in people, illegal trafficking of arms and ammunition, and laundering of criminal assets.

The parties will cooperate to facilitate the execution of requests for legal assistance.

The heads of prosecutor’s offices expressed confidence that the signing of the updated Memorandum on Understanding and Cooperation will further promote the efficiency of joint efforts to combat new challenges and threats, including the extremism, and will create prerequisites for reaching a new level of cooperation.

At the end of the meeting, the heads of delegations agreed to organize a football championship in the second half of 2017, between the prosecutor’s offices of Italy and Russia.

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