Identification of assets - national procedures for ICC proceedings

Mauritius

International Criminal Court Act 2011

PART V - CO-OPERATION AND JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE

21. Areas of co-operation and judicial assistance

(1)

(k) the identification, tracing and freezing or seizure of proceeds, property and assets and instrumentalities of international crimes for the purpose of eventual forfeiture, without prejudice to the rights of bona fide third parties; and

PART VI - OTHER FORMS OF ASSISTANCE

34. Registration of sentence or compensatory order

(1) Where the Attorney-General receives a request from the International Criminal Court for assistance in Mauritius to recover a fine to which a person has been sentenced in criminal proceedings in the International Criminal Court, or for the execution of an order for the payment of compensation for damages to any person made in such proceedings, he shall ascertain that –
(a) the sentence or order is final and not subject to review or appeal ;
(b) the person on whom the sentence was imposed or against whom the order was made, had the opportunity of defending himself ;
(c) the sentence or order cannot be satisfied in full except by confiscating and realising property; and
(d) the person concerned holds property in Mauritius.

(2) On being satisfied of the requirements of under subsection (1), the Attorney- General shall lodge with the Clerk of a Court in Mauritius having jurisdiction or the Master and Registrar, as the case may be, a certified copy of the document confirming the sentence or order.

(3) The Clerk of the Court or the Master and Registrar, as the case may be, shall forthwith give written notice of the registration of the sentence or order to the person on whom it was imposed or against whom it was made or who has effective control over the relevant property in Mauritius

Mutual Assistance in Criminal and Related Matters Act 2003

PART III - FORMS OF MUTUAL ASSISTANCE

6. Procedure for an evidence-gathering order or a search warrant

(9) Notwithstanding section 26 of the Bank of Mauritius Act 2004, section 64 of the Banking Act 2004 and section 33 of the Financial Services Development Act 2001 and subsections (7) and (8), a Judge in Chambers hearing a request from a foreign State or an international criminal tribunal may grant an evidence-gathering order or search warrant against the Bank of Mauritius, a bank or financial institution where he is satisfied that -

(a) the information is material and necessary to the proceedings in the foreign State or before the international criminal tribunal ; and
(b) the law of the foreign State permits the disclosure of information to foreign States in circumstances similar to the one relating to the request.

PART III - FORMS OF MUTUAL ASSISTANCE

15. Foreign request for the location of the proceeds of crime

(1) Where-

(b) an international criminal tribunal requests the Central Authority to assist in locating property believed to be the proceeds of an international criminal tribunal offence,
the Central Authority may apply to a Judge in Chambers for an order -

(ii) that a bank or financial institution forthwith produces to the Central Authority all information obtained by it about any business transaction relating to the property for such period before or after the date of the order as the Judge may direct.

(2) Notwithstanding section 26 of the Bank of Mauritius Act 2004, section 64 of the Banking Act 2004, section 33 of the Financial Services Development Act 2001 and section 6(7) and (8), a Judge in Chambers may grant an order under subsection (1) on being satisfied that -
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(a) the document is material and necessary to the proceedings in the foreign state or before the international criminal tribunal ; and
(b) the law of the foreign State authorises the granting of such an order in circumstances similar to the one relating to the request.

Rome Statute

Article 93 Other forms of cooperation

1. States Parties shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Part and under procedures of national law, comply with requests by the Court to provide the following assistance in relation to investigations or prosecutions:

(k) The identification, tracing and freezing or seizure of proceeds, property and assets and instrumentalities of crimes for the purpose of eventual forfeiture, without prejudice to the rights of bona fide third parties; and