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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: September 5, 2002

Message to the Senate Transmitting the Liechtenstein-United States Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters,
September 5, 2002

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 Principality of Liechtenstein on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed at Vaduz on July 8, 2002. 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 terrorism, drug trafficking, and fraud and other white-collar 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: locating or identifying persons or items; serving documents; taking the testimony or statements of persons; transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes; providing documents, records and items; executing requests for searches and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to immobilization and forfeiture of assets and restitution; initiating criminal proceedings in the Requested State; and any other form of assistance consistent with the purposes of this Treaty and 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.

George W. Bush
The White House,
September 5, 2002.

Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 6. An original was not available for verification of the content of this message.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Liechtenstein-United States Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, September 5, 2002," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1511 Original Sources, accessed July 16, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NP1V2J7RLPBDCB7.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Liechtenstein-United States Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, September 5, 2002." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1511, Original Sources. 16 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NP1V2J7RLPBDCB7.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Message to the Senate Transmitting the Liechtenstein-United States Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, September 5, 2002' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1511. Original Sources, retrieved 16 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NP1V2J7RLPBDCB7.