As a result of the successful domestic and foreign policy of the President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan, the most stable and secure state in the region, is fighting against crime, and international cooperation in this area is of paramount importance. Our country takes an active part in the global fight against crime and faithfully fulfils its obligations under criminal conventions and bilateral agreements in the area of legal assistance and extradition.
The Ministry of Justice has signed agreements with a number of states on extradition of offenders from the oldest international criminal law institutes, as well as makes cooperation on relevant conventions within the CIS. At the same time, our state effectively cooperates with these countries as an authorized body by the Ministry of Justice, which is a party to the 1957 European Convention on Extradition ratified by 50 states.
These documents are important in terms of preventing the spread of crime, bringing the perpetrators to justice and thus ensuring justice. In addition, in addition to fulfilling its obligations under universal and regional conventions, the State of Azerbaijan has adopted a special extradition law that places emphasis on the fight against crime, which allows us to cooperate with our foreign partners even without a contract. All of this ensures the principle of inevitability of punishment, which is a very important mechanism that prevents criminals to feel safe.
According to the mentioned documents, over 220 criminals have been extradited to Azerbaijan within the framework of the cooperation.
The Council of Europe adopted the Fourth Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition.
It was decided for Azerbaijan to be joined this document by taking into account the exclusive importance of the Protocol which serves for increase of effectiveness and operability in delivery of the criminals in Europe, adjustment of extradition procedures to modern requirements, elimination of some bureaucratic barriers, including electronic submission of documents, simplification of transit procedures.
In this regard, the signing of this Protocol was held on October 15 with the participation of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maria Pachenovich Burich and other officials within the framework of the visit of the Minister of Justice Fikrat Mammadov to Strasbourg under the authority of the President for signing this document on behalf of our country.
After the ceremony Minister of Justice and the Secretary General met.
At the meeting, the Minister congratulated M. Burich on the occasion of starting act in the year of CE’s 70th anniversary, spoke about the close cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe, underlined the effectiveness of joint projects, and noted that the reforms in the judicial-legal system were continued in new stage under the commissions of the President Ilham Aliyev.
During the conversation, the improvement of the legislation in cooperation with the Council of Europe, strengthening of the independence of the judiciary, modernization of the infrastructure and the use of e-court, and the most transparent election and training of the judges as exemplified by the Council of Europe, as well as, a study of the precedents of the European Court for Human Rights and organization of training visits to that court was highly appreciated.
Mrs. M. Burich, stressing that Azerbaijan is the important partner of the Council of Europe, noted productive visits of the PACE President and a head of the General Directorate on Human Rights and Superiority of Law of the Council of Europe to Azerbaijan. She highly appreciated the reforms in the judicial-legal system in our country, especially the Decree of the President on April 3, 2019 and said that she was ready to assist in this field. There was noted that, the Azerbaijan’s good experience in judicial-legal system is distributed by the Council of Europe.
The Secretary General also noted the valuable contribution of our country to the Council of Europe and active representation in the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ).
During the conversation, it was reported the bitter consequences of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the ongoing military aggression of Armenia on our lands and the displacement of more than one million of our refugees and IDPs.
The event was attended by the Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe, Fakhraddin Ismayilov.