Singapore's Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (Chapter 190a) and Its Application to Thailand
Thammasat Law Journal, 43, no. 3 (2014): 444-455
15 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 28, 2017
This article discusses Singapore’s implementation of the ASEAN Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), locally entitled the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (MACMA). It recommends that Thai legislation make note that many of the revisions to Singapore’s MACMA are a product of local conditions. These include a rise in money laundering and financial crimes, a large cadre of foreign workers, sex trafficking, and a strong central government with high deference to the attorney general’s office. Thai law therefore should be crafted to address pressing legal issues in Thailand that may draw upon their MLAT. It should also make note of the strengths and weaknesses of Thailand’s existing legal framework regarding extradition and evidence.
Keywords: ASEAN, Mutual Legal Assistance, Singapore
JEL Classification: K14, K33, N40, N45
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