to the US Senate
Agreement Between the US and Belize
July 15, 2002
With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification,
I transmit herewith the Treaty Between the Government of the United States of
America and the Government of Belize on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal
Matters, signed at Belize on September 19, 2000, and a related exchange of notes
signed at Belize on September 18 and 22, 2000. I transmit also, for the information
of the Senate, the report of the Department of State with respect to the Treaty.
The Treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal assistance treaties being
negotiated by the United States in order to counter criminal activities more
effectively. The Treaty should be an effective tool to assist in the prosecution
of a wide variety of crimes, including drug traf-ficking, money laundering,
and terrorism offenses. The Treaty is self-executing.
The Treaty provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual
assistance available under the Treaty includes: taking the testimony or statements
of persons; providing documents, records, and articles of evidence; locating
or identifying persons; serving documents; transferring persons in custody for
testimony or other purposes; executing requests for searches and seizures; assisting
in proceedings related to immobilization and forfeiture of assets, restitution
to the victims of crime and collection of fines; and any other form of assistance
not prohibited by the laws of the State from whom the assistance is requested.
I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty,
and give its advice and consent to ratification.