Ethiopia, UAE Sign Extradition, Mutual Legal Assistance Deals

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has entered into agreements on extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The agreements were inked by UAE’s Justice Minister Abdullah bin Sultan bin Awad Al Nuaimi and Ethiopia’s State Minister for Justice, Alemante Agidew, on Wednesday, reported the Emirates News agency.

Abdullah stated that the UAE Ministry of Justice is keen to strengthen cooperation in the legal and judicial fields with Ethiopia, according to WAM.

The minister also expressed his country’s desire to build bridges of cooperation to develop bilateral relations with Ethiopia, stressing the importance of exchanging experiences and following up on the implementation of these agreements to serve the message and concept of justice.

The agreements have brought the number of countries that signed agreements on extradition and legal assistance in criminal matters with Ethiopia this year to two.

Last May, Addis Ababa signed similar agreements with the government of Turkey.

After signing the agreements, Turkish Deputy Minister of Justice Moğul said the bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Turkey have been increasing in recent times.

This makes cooperation on issues related to justice and crime mitigation paramount importance to prevent crimes, Moğul said, adding that wanted criminals hiding in each country should be handed over at any time and as soon as possible.

Turkey is already the second largest investor in Ethiopia, next to China, with its investment currently standing at 2.5 billion US Dollars.