ALGIERS – Wednesday, 29 November 2023 (APS) – A cooperation protocol was signed Tuesday, in Algiers, between the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, laying the foundations for “effective and efficient” bilateral institutional cooperation between the two parties.

This protocol was co-signed by the Minister of Justice Abderrachid Tabi and the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Igor Krasnov.

The minister of Justice hailed, in a speech on this occasion, the Algerian-Russian strategic relations, stressing that “Algeria attaches, under the leadership of the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a particular interest to the bilateral cooperation with Russia, as mirrored by the frequency and level of the exchanged visits between the leaders of both countries, including the recent visit of the President of the Republic to Russia last June, crowned by the signing of the Declaration on deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.”

After affirming that the judicial cooperation is “an integral part of the dynamic characterizing the deep relations” between Algeria and Russia, Tabi expressed his “satisfaction with this achievement (Cooperation Protocol) which lays the foundations for effective and efficient institutional cooperation.”

For the minister, the bilateral institutional cooperation complements the framework agreement in force, given its clauses on the exchange of information and experiences in terms of preventing and fighting serious forms of crime, particularly organized transnational crime, money laundering, corruption crimes, as well as cybercrimes.

The clauses also include the illegal use of crypto currencies, fight against crypto-assets, human trafficking, organ trafficking, environmental crimes, illegal transfer of funds abroad, in addition to the cooperation for the restitution of embezzled funds.

The minister said that the legal and judicial cooperation relations between the two countries are governed by the judicial convention on cooperation in criminal matters signed in Algeria in October 2017, while waiting for the implementation of the extradition agreement signed in Russia in June 2022, he added.

For his part, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation said that the cooperation between Algeria and his country “is evolving in several fields,” noting that “the two parties agreed to work together to fight serious crimes, including terrorism, tax evasion, and cybercrime.”