After two decades of hard and tortuous negotiations, India and Thailand have signed an Extradition Treaty. The treaty provides the legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive offenders, including those involved in terrorism, transnational crimes , economic offences, organized crime, drug trafficking, counterfeiting and human trafficking among others.
The treaty was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Manmoahn Singh and his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra.
In total, seven pacts were signed between the two countries. They included one on the establishment of the India-Thailand exchange programme, Pros Verbal on exchange of instrument of ratification of the treaty on transfer of sentenced persons, MoU in cooperation in the field of mapping and geospatial technology applications and one on cooperation in the field of mapping and geospatial technology applications.
- The treaty provides for the extradition of any person who is wanted for trial or for the imposition or enforcement of a sentence by one ‘Contracting State’ and is found in the territory of the other ‘Contracting State’.
- A MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit, India and Anti Money Laundering Organization, Thailand on cooperation in the exchange of intelligence related to money laundering and terrorism financing was also signed.The MoU will facilitate cooperation in the investigation of persons suspected of money laundering and criminal activity related to money laundering and terrorism financing. The MoU seeks to assemble, develop, analyse and exchange information on such issues.
- Thailand expressed interest in India’s defence industry, which has competitive production and advanced technology. Both countries agreed to pursue defence industry collaboration in areas of mutual interest
- Both sides agreed to continue providing scholarships and training programmes for the sharing of expertise.
- The leaders also welcomed the deepening of cooperation through the Joint Working Group on Security Cooperation.