Request by a Tribunal for assistance
4 Tribunal may request assistance
(1) Where a Tribunal needs the assistance of New Zealand in order to —
(a) perform its functions in respect of an investigation or prosecution it is conducting or proposing to conduct ; or
(b) give effect to an order issued by the Tribunal,— the Tribunal may make a request for assistance.
(2) Any request under subsection (1) shall be made to the Attor¬ney-General or a person authorised by the Attorney-General.
(3) without limiting the generality of subsection (1), a Tribunal may make a request for assistance of any 1 or more of the following types :
(a) arresting and surrendering to the Tribunal a person in relation to whom the Tribunal has issued an arrest warrant :
(b) executing a request for search and seizure:
(c) obtaining evidence or a document or other article:
(d) providing a document or other record:
(e) locating and identifying a witness or suspect:
(f) arranging for a person to give evidence or assist an in-vestigation:
(g) causing the forfeiture of tainted property:
(h) serving documents:
(i) arranging for the Tribunal to sit in New Zealand.
Request by a Tribunal for assistance
5 Form of requests
(1) A request from a Tribunal under section 4 that is in writing and specifies —
(a) the nature of the investigation or prosecution in respect of which the request is made ; and
(b) in a certificate from the Tribunal, that the request is in respect of an investigation or prosecution relating to a Tribunal offence ; and
(c) the legal basis on which the Tribunal relies for conducting the investigation or prosecution ; and
(d) the nature of the assistance sought by the Tribunal ; and
(e) the facts and law relevant to the investigation or prosecution (in addition to the statement required by paragraph (c)); and
(f) the procedure (if any) that the Tribunal wishes the Attorney-General to follow in complying with the request, including the form in which material shall be given to the Tribunal ; and
(g) the period within which the Tribunal wishes the request to be complied with ; and
(h) any confidentiality requirements that the Tribunal con¬siders should be observed ; and
(i) any other matters that the Tribunal considers may assist the Attorney-General in complying with the request ; and
(j ) any other matters that the Attorney-General has previously notified the Tribunal will assist the Attorney-General in complying with the request ,—
shall be received and dealt with in accordance with this Act.
(2) A request for assistance shall not be invalid by reason only of the fact that it does not comply with the requirements of subsection (1).
(a) The Court shall have the authority to make requests to States Parties for cooperation. The requests shall be transmitted through the diplomatic channel or any other appropriate channel as may be designated by each State Party upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. Subsequent changes to the designation shall be made by each State Party in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.
(b) When appropriate, without prejudice to the provisions of subparagraph (a), requests may also be transmitted through the International Criminal Police Organization or any appropriate regional organization.
2. Requests for cooperation and any documents supporting the request shall either be in or be accompanied by a translation into an official language of the requested State or one of the working languages of the Court, in accordance with the choice made by that State upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. Subsequent changes to this choice shall be made in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.
3. The requested State shall keep confidential a request for cooperation and any documents supporting the request, except to the extent that the disclosure is necessary for execution of the request.
4. In relation to any request for assistance presented under this Part, the Court may take such measures, including measures related to the protection of information, as may be necessary to ensure the safety or physical or psychological well-being of any victims, potential witnesses and their families. The Court may request that any information that is made available under this Part shall be provided and handled in a manner that protects the safety and physical or psychological well-being of any victims, potential witnesses and their families.
(a) The Court may invite any State not party to this Statute to provide assistance under this Part on the basis of an ad hoc arrangement, an agreement with such State or any other appropriate basis.
(b) Where a State not party to this Statute, which has entered into an ad hoc arrangement or an agreement with the Court, fails to cooperate with requests pursuant to any such arrangement or agreement, the Court may so inform the Assembly of States Parties or, where the Security Council referred the matter to the Court, the Security Council.
6. The Court may ask any intergovernmental organization to provide information or documents. The Court may also ask for other forms of cooperation and assistance which may be agreed upon with such an organization and which are in accordance with its competence or mandate.
7. Where a State Party fails to comply with a request to cooperate by the Court contrary to the provisions of this Statute, thereby preventing the Court from exercising its functions and powers under this Statute, the Court may make a finding to that effect and refer the matter to the Assembly of States Parties or, where the Security Council referred the matter to the Court, to the Security Council.