Swiss and Brazilian Governments Discuss Mutual Assistance

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Jorge Nemr
At the beginning of May 2003, Swiss authorities visited Brazil to discuss the final wording of the bilateral treaty in criminal matter between both countries. The main focus is the fight against money laundering, corruption and traffic of drugs. The treaty has been under negotiation by the parties since last year and the negotiations were strengthened due to the scandal of the money drained to Switzerland by the tax agents of the government of Rio de Janeiro, as well as to the great number of accounts held illegally by Brazilians in the country. According to the information released by the Ministry of Justice of Brazil, the Swiss delegation was composed by the director of International Judiciary Cooperation, the legal counsel of International Treaties, an expert in Judiciary Cooperation and an assistant in Public International Law.