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Hong Kong; Indonesia: Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement

(May 2, 2008) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the Republic of Indonesia signed the Agreement Concerning Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (MLA) on April 3, 2008. The agreement will facilitate international co-operation to combat serious crimes by providing for reciprocal assistance in relation to investigations, proceedings, and prosecutions of criminal offenses. Assistance includes:

• service of documents;

• taking evidence;

• temporary transfer of persons and voluntary appearances;

• executing search warrants; and

• identifying, tracing, restraining, seizing, forfeiting, and confiscating proceeds of crime.

(Press Release, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Agreement Signed with Indonesia (Apr. 3, 2008), available at http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200804/03/P200804030220.htm.)