Iran must enjoy benefits of Palermo Treaty: VP

Tehran, March 5, IRNA - Iran's Vice President for Legal Affairs says that when Iran, in accordance with domestic law, implements the provisions of the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo), it must also benefit from the privileges of the treaty.

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Tuesday, Laya Joneidi, in response to a question that many of the provisions of the Palermo Treaty have been stipulated in the Islamic Penal Code (IPC), highlighted, 'Some say that when the laws that are in conformity with the treaty exist in the country there is no need to join it; I put it in opposite direction and believe that when we have internally been implementing what has been included as a commitment in the convention why we should not ask other contracting states to implement it for Iran.”

She stressed that when a crime occurs and criminal effects appear here or the perpetrator escapes, why should we not ask other contracting states to extradite the perpetrator or to provide information about a possible crime or extradite the criminals to member-states of this convention.

Iran's Vice President for Legal Affairs emphasized, 'When we implement the provisions of this convention within the framework of our domestic laws, we must also receive concessions from this treaty, which requires Iran to join the Palermo Convention.'

According to IRNA, the bill on Iran's membership in the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo) is set to become a law on the agenda of the Expediency Council; at its recent meeting, the decision on Palermo was postponed to next Iranian year (starting in March 21).

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