GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE
28. (1) The Attorney General shall consult with the ICC, without delay, if—
(a) a request for assistance is received from the ICC that does not contain or is not accompanied by the appropriate informa¬tion or the appropriate documents specified in article 87, 91, 92, 93, or 96 of the Statute;
(b) the ICC has not provided sufficient information for a request for assistance to be executed;
(c) in the case of a request for surrender—
(i) the person sought cannot be located in Trinidad and Tobago;
(ii) it appears that the person in Trinidad and Tobago is clearly not the person named in the warrant or judgment, as the case may be;
(d) execution of a request for assistance in its current form would require the breach of an existing treaty obligation to another State; or
(e) for any other reason there are or may be difficulties with the execution of a request for assistance received from the ICC.
(2) Before refusing any request for assistance, the Attorney General shall consult with the ICC to ascertain whether the assistance sought could be provided—
(a) subject to conditions; or
(b) at a later date or in an alternative manner.
(3) Without limiting the types of conditions under which assistance may be provided, the Attorney General may agree to the transmission of documents or information to the Prosecutor on a confidential basis, on the condition that the Prosecutor will use them solely for the purpose of generating new evidence.
(4) If the Attorney General transmits documents or information subject to the condition specified in subsection (3), the Attorney General may subsequently consent to the disclosure of such documents or information for use as evidence under the provisions of Parts 5 and 6 of the Statute and in accordance with the Rules.
DOMESTIC PROCEDURES FOR OTHER TYPES OF CO-OPERATION
Other Types of Assistance
(4) If the Attorney General considers that the assistance sought cannot lawfully be provided, he shall, before refusing the request, and in accordance with article 93(5) of the Statute—
(a) consult with the ICC; or
DOMESTIC PROCEDURES FOR OTHER TYPES OF CO-OPERATION
Restrictions on Provision of Assistance
116. If the execution of a particular measure of assistance specified in a request to which this Part applies is prohibited under the laws in Trinidad and Tobago, notwithstanding any other provision in this Part, the Attorney General shall—
(b) promptly consult with the ICC in order to resolve the matter.
PROTECTION OF NATIONAL SECURITY OR THIRD PARTY INFORMATION
161. The Attorney General shall consult with the ICC and, if appropriate, the defence, in accordance with article 72(5) of the Statute.
162. (1) If, after consultation, the Attorney General considers that there are no means or conditions under which the information or documents or evidence could be provided or disclosed or given without prejudice to Trinidad and Tobago’s national security interest, the Attorney General shall notify the ICC, in accordance with article 72(6) of the Statute, of the specific reasons for his decision, unless a specific description of the reasons would result in prejudice to Trinidad and Tobago’s national security interests.
(2) The Attorney General shall use his best endeavours with a view to reaching a mutually satisfactory outcome if—
(a) the ICC determines that the evidence is relevant and necessary for the establishment of the guilt or innocence of the accused;
(b) the issue of disclosure arises in the circumstances specified in section 158 or 159 and the Attorney General is of the opinion that Trinidad and Tobago’s national security interests would be prejudiced by disclosure; and
(c) the ICC requests further consultations for the purpose of considering the representations, which may include hearings in camera and ex parte.
(3) The Attorney General shall comply with an ICC disclosure order if—
(a) the ICC determines that the evidence is relevant and necessary for the establishment of the guilt or innocence of the defendant;
(b) the issue of disclosure arises in the circumstances specified in section 160(1); and
(c) the ICC orders disclosure in accordance with article 72(7)(b)(i) of the Statute.
2. Where the person sought for surrender brings a challenge before a national court on the basis of the principle of ne bis in idem as provided in article 20, the requested State shall immediately consult with the Court to determine if there has been a relevant ruling on admissibility. If the case is admissible, the requested State shall proceed with the execution of the request. If an admissibility ruling is pending, the requested State may postpone the execution of the request for surrender of the person until the Court makes a determination on admissibility.
4. If the person sought is being proceeded against or is serving a sentence in the requested State for a crime different from that for which surrender to the Court is sought, the requested State, after making its decision to grant the request, shall consult with the Court.
4. Upon the request of the Court, a State Party shall consult with the Court, either generally or with respect to a specific matter, regarding any requirements under its national law that may apply under paragraph 2 (c). During the consultations, the State Party shall advise the Court of the specific requirements of its national law.
3. Where execution of a particular measure of assistance detailed in a request presented under paragraph 1, is prohibited in the requested State on the basis of an existing fundamental legal principle of general application, the requested State shall promptly consult with the Court to try to resolve the matter. In the consultations, consideration should be given to whether the assistance can be rendered in another manner or subject to conditions. If after consultations the matter cannot be resolved, the Court shall modify the request as necessary.
(i) In the event that a State Party receives competing requests, other than for surrender or extradition, from the Court and from another State pursuant to an international obligation, the State Party shall endeavour, in consultation with the Court and the other State, to meet both requests, if necessary by postponing or attaching conditions to one or the other request.
3. Upon the request of the Court, a State Party shall consult with the Court, either generally or with respect to a specific matter, regarding any requirements under its national law that may apply under paragraph 2 (e). During the consultations, the State Party shall advise the Court of the specific requirements of its national law.
Where a State Party receives a request under this Part in relation to which it identifies problems which may impede or prevent the execution of the request, that State shall consult with the Court without delay in order to resolve the matter. Such problems may include, inter alia:
(b) In the case of a request for surrender, the fact that despite best efforts, the person sought cannot be located or that the investigation conducted has determined that the person in the requested State is clearly not the person named in the warrant; or