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Working meeting with the staff of the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Office: issues of cooperation discussed

On the initiative of the American party in the Central office of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus on August 2, 2019, a working meeting with the staff of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Ministry of Homeland Security of the United States in Frankfurt am Main G. Balsamo and K. Stifler was held.

This office is responsible for the interaction with the competent authorities of 10 states: Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Poland, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Finland.

The competence of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the US DHS includes the investigation of crimes related to human trafficking, sexual exploitation, drug smuggling, terrorist financing, forgery of documents in obtaining visas and passports of the United States, violation of phytosanitary and veterinary standards when moving goods across the state border of the United States, etc.

During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the current legal systems of Belarus and the United States, the functions and powers of the two agencies, some aspects of the interaction of investigative units with other law enforcement agencies in pre-trial criminal proceedings, identified promising areas of cooperation in the fight against crime.

The American colleagues were informed of the Investigative Committee's interest in concluding bilateral interstate treaties on legal assistance in criminal cases and extradition, which would facilitate more rapid mutual execution of requests for legal assistance and compliance with the principle of inevitability of criminal liability for crimes committed.

The working meeting facilitated the establishment of working contacts and the maintenance of a proper level of interaction with representatives of US law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of crimes.