Bipartisan bill would reform US MLA process

A bipartisan bill has been reintroduced to the US House of Representatives, which if passed would reform the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process to increase accessibility and transparency, and require the Attorney General to create an online docketing system for MLAT requests. The International Communications Privacy Act would also authorise US law enforcement with a warrant to obtain the electronic communications of US persons regardless of where those communications are located, and communications relating to foreign nationals located outside of the US in certain circumstances.

Saudi Arabia creates new body to handle MLA requests

Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General, Sheikh Saud Bin Abdullah Al-Muajab, has announced the creation of a body to handle requests for mutual legal assistance in criminal cases and coordinate all of the relevant government departments. Speaking at the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Public Prosecutors, Al-Muajab said that the new body was created to meet international requirements, particularly UN Conventions against Corruption and Organised Crime.