Kenya, Italy Sign Deals To Fight Terrorism

Italy has become the latest country to sign deals with Kenya as part of efforts to combat terrorism, cybercrimes and wildlife trafficking.

Attorney-General Githu Muigai. PHOTO | FILE

Attorney-General Githu Muigai. PHOTO | FILE

The new set of deals — Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance agreements— were signed in Milan on Wednesday by Attorney- General Githu Muigai and Italy’s Minister for Justice Andrea Orlando.

Under the deals reached on the sidelines of the Milan Expo 2015, and witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya and Italy will support each other in domestic investigation and judicial proceedings targeting international criminals.

“Through this framework, the two states can co-operate in the provision of support to and from each country’s jurisdiction in domestic investigative and judicial proceedings,” State House said in a statement.

The deals come just weeks after Kenya signed similar commitments with the United States and China to protect wildlife and combat international crimes such as money laundering and cybercrime.

The latest agreements enable Prof Muigai’s office to work closely with Italy’s Ministry of Justice in legal matters that include extradition of suspects to face justice in jurisdiction where the unconventional international crime is committed.

The agreements signed yesterday also will incorporate measures to regulate and tighten controls that will enhance the scope and definitions of criminal acts and accompanying penalties.

“Through the Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance agreements, Kenya and Italy will benefit from an understanding of the relevant laws and procedures relating to the provision of inter-State legal assistance in criminal matters,” the State House statement added.

President Kenyatta opened the Kenya-Italy Business Forum in which he assured the Italian business community that visa issuance would be made easier.

The President said the introduction of online visa application would make it easy for Italian business people and tourists to travel to Kenya.

“Anybody who wishes to travel to Kenya can apply online and receive the visa on arrival at any point in Kenya,” said President Kenyatta.

The president also met Italian businessmen, including Formula One boss Flavio Briatore.

– Business Daily