Maldives to sign UN convention against organised crime

The Majlis’ National Security Committee has agreed to the Maldives becoming signatory to the United Nations (UN) Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, reports Sun Online.

The convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000, has been signed by 147 states before Maldives.

The UNODC website states that country’s which sign and then ratify this convention commit themselves to the following:

  • The creation of domestic criminal offences (participation in an organized criminal group, money laundering, corruption and obstruction of justice)
  • The adoption of new and sweeping frameworks for extradition, mutual legal assistance and law enforcement cooperation
  • The promotion of  training and technical assistance for building or upgrading the necessary capacity of national authorities

The committee agreed that the Maldives becomes a party to the convention provided it does not contain protocols that run contrary to the constitution or the tenets of Islam.