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CARICOM arrest warrant treaty expected by year end

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 7:00 AM
CARICOM chairman and Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit told journalists at a closing press conference that the treaty is a matter of priority.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are later this year expected to sign a treaty to establish an arrest warrant regime for the region.

The treaty decision was one of several taken by leaders who met in Guyana for three days for the 37th heads of government conference, which ended on Wednesday.

CARICOM chairman and Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit told journalists at a closing press conference that the treaty is a matter of priority.

 

CARICOM chairman and Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit

The treaty was first opened for signature in 2008 and the first stage of ratification agreed on in Trinidad and Tobago a year later in 2009.

Only Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago and Surname have signed the treaty.

Under the treaty, member countries would be able to request the arrest or surrender of persons for criminal prosecutions.

The treaty will also establish a system for warrants to be issued for persons who have fled justice after a sentence was imposed on them.

Political offences and matters under military law are not covered under the treaty.

Meanwhile, CARICOM leaders have approved a review of the crime and security strategy for the region.

Skerrit did not say when that review is to be completed.