Published: Thursday January 17, 2013 MYT 10:46:00 PM
Malaysia and South Korea sign extradition pact
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and South Korea on Wednesday signed a landmark extradition treaty enabling both countries to repatriate wanted criminals and exchange intelligence information.
The treaty, also aimed at combating increasing cross-border crimes, was signed by Malaysia's Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and South Korea's Minister of Justice, Kwon Jae Jin.
At a press conference later, Hishammuddin said the treaty could enhance bilateral collaboration between the countries.
"The treaty encompasses cooperation in transnational crimes and other collaboration pertaining to security aspects towards a more secure and healthy regional environment," he said.
He said Malaysia was also keen to learn about handling public assemblies from Korea, particularly on related legal structures.
Hishammuddin also hinted of similar treaties with Indonesia and Thailand soon.
Meanwhile, Kwon said he was pleased with the signing of the pact, adding that such a move would enhance bilateral ties.
"This treaty will enable South Korea to share intelligence information in handling security matters with Malaysia," he said. - Bernama