Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hugh Todd and Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto Franco Franca signed two treaties relating to international legal cooperation in civil matters and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
The signing was witnessed by President Irfaan Ali and the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who arrived in Guyana early on Friday, in the dome of the Arthur Chung Convention Center.
The International Cooperation in Civil Matters agreement will provide for full legal cooperation in civil matters which involve civil, corporate, labour and administrative law as well as criminal sentences seeking compensation for damages in civil courts. The second agreement which speaks to mutual assistance between both countries in Criminal matters will allow Guyana and Brazil to provide each other with assistance in connection with investigations or prosecution of criminal offences including the restraint, seizure or confiscation as well as disposal return of assets. The Attorney General’s chambers and Ministry of Legal Affairs and Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security will be responsible for the execution of this agreement between the two countries. President Jair Bolsonaro arrived in Guyana today and is on a one day official state visit to Guyana. He was expected to visit Guyana in January; however, the trip was cancelled following his mother's death.