US, Iraq meet on Cooperation

The Federal Judicial Authority and the Embassy of United States of America held a meeting of the Iraq-U.S. Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on Judicial and Law Enforcement Cooperation in Baghdad on June 3 and 4, 2014 as part of the Strategic Framework Agreement between the two countries.

Chief Justice of Federal Judicial Authority in Iraq Medhat al-Mahmoud and Deputy Chief of Mission John P. Desrocher provided opening remarks at the JCC that Chief Justice of Higher Judicial Council Medhat al-Mahmoud and Ellen V. Endrizzi, Justice Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, co-chaired.

The Iraqi delegation included representatives of Federal Judicial Authority, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of State for Council of Representatives Affairs, Ministry of National Security Affairs, the Counterterrorism Service, the Central Bank of Iraq, and the Anti-money Laundering Reporting Office.

The U.S. delegation included representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the Department of State’s Office of Iraq Affairs, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Deputy Attorney General, Office of International Affairs, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The participants engaged in an open and productive discussion of issues in order to further strengthen the rule of law in Iraq. Both delegations emphasized the importance of continued close cooperation on judicial and law enforcement matters. The two-day conference focused on four topics: identifying best practices for extraditions and requests for legal assistance; increasing coordination between the Republic of Iraq and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; countering the financing of terrorism; and enhancing present and future training and assistance efforts for Iraq’s judiciary, police, and anti-corruption institutions.

To support the rule of law, the United States currently funds programs that provide training and technical assistance to the Federal Judicial Authority and security forces in the areas of criminal and commercial law and international arbitration; human rights; and the disruption and dismantling of criminal and terrorist organizations. Training is also provided to various ministries and commissions to strengthen compliance with the UN Convention Against Corruption, to assist Iraq’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, and to improve recovery of looted assets.

The Iraqi and U.S. delegations committed to hold the next meeting of the JCC on Judicial and Law Enforcement Cooperation in 2015.

(Source: Embassy of the United States)

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