to the US Senate
Agreement between the US and Ireland
July 11, 2002
With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification,
I transmit herewith the Agreement between the Government of the United States
of America and the Government of Ireland on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal
Matters, signed at Washington on January 18, 2001. I transmit also, for the
information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State with respect
to the Treaty.
The Treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal assistance treaties being
negotiated by the United States in order to counter criminal activities more
effectively. The Treaty should be an effective tool to assist in the prosecution
of a wide variety of crimes, including terrorism, drug trafficking, fraud, and
other white-collar offenses. The Treaty is self-executing.
The Treaty provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual
assistance available under the Treaty includes: taking the testimony or statements
of persons; providing documents, records, and articles of evidence; locating
or identifying persons; serving documents; transferring persons in custody for
testimony or other purposes; executing requests for searches and seizures; identifying,
tracing, freezing, seizing, and forfeiting the proceeds and instrumentalities
of crime and assistance in related proceedings; and such other assistance as
may be agreed.
I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty
and give its advice and consent to ratification.