(May 5, 2010) On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order to fight corruption, East Timor is preparing to conclude cooperation agreements on money laundering and mutual judicial penal assistance with its neighboring countries.
According to Costa, in the area of money laundering, cooperation agreements are expected to be made with Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In addition, said Costa, a proposed law on international judicial cooperation on criminal matters is ready to be submitted to the Council of Ministers and is designed to allow the Penal Tribunal of East Timor to cooperate with tribunals of other countries, promote cooperation with the International Criminal Court at the Hague, and apply the conventions ratified by the deputies of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Comunidade de Países de Língua Portuguesa). (Acordos com Países Vizinhos para Combater Branqueamento de Capitais, NOTÍCIAS LUSÓFONAS, Apr. 23, 2010, available at http://www.noticiaslusofonas.com/view.php?load=arcview&article=26382&catogory=Timo