Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: September 3, 1997

Message to the Senate Transmitting the Barbados-United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters and Documentation,
September 3, 1997

To the Senate of the United States:

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 Barbados on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed at Bridgetown on February 28, 1996. 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 trafficking 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 of testimony or statements of persons; providing documents, records, and articles of evidence; serving documents; locating or identifying persons; transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes; executing requests for searches and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to forfeiture of assets, restitution, and collection of fines; and rendering any other form of assistance notprohibited by the laws of the Requested State.

I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty and give its advice and consent to ratification.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
September 3, 1997.

Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 4.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Barbados-United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters and Documentation, September 3, 1997," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108 1283. Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5AFECVB924R9RH2.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Barbados-United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters and Documentation, September 3, 1997." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108, page 1283. Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5AFECVB924R9RH2.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Message to the Senate Transmitting the Barbados-United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters and Documentation, September 3, 1997' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108, pp.1283. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5AFECVB924R9RH2.