CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty Gets More Buy-In from Regional Leaders

The Bahamas’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield signed the treaty on behalf of his country.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday February 28, 2018
– More Caribbean countries have signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty (CAWT) that simplifies the process of returning fugitives to a member state to face criminal prosecution.

The treaty, previously signed by some CARICOM member states, also allows for executing a custodial sentence where a requested person has fled from justice after being sentenced for an applicable offence.

It got the signatures of Barbados and The Bahamas at the two-day Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in Haiti, which ended yesterday.

Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart also signed the treaty.

The measure is one of the regional security instruments that was formulated to enhance cooperation between member states in the fight against crime and to reduce the complexity, cost and delays in the existing extradition arrangements in the region.

Also signed at this week’s meeting was the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) which seeks to update CXC’s legal structure in light of subsequent organizational practices, recent market developments and current needs, with particular emphasis on accommodating requests from additional territories and institutions to join or otherwise participate in the CXC.

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