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Changes proposed to Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act

Changes have been proposed to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. These changes seek to sharpen the definitions of certain terms within the Act.

SINGAPORE: Changes have been proposed to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. These changes seek to sharpen the definitions of certain terms within the Act.

Among the suggested changes, is the definition of what is called a "corresponding drug law". This removes the need to prove a foreign offence via a foreign certificate.

This enables Singapore to become more facilitative in providing mutual legal assistance and become a stronger partner for international cooperation to fight cross-border crime.

Another change replaces the definition of "drug trafficking offence" with a new definition for "drug dealing offence". This is to avoid confusion with the term, "trafficking", as set out in other sections of the Act.

The meaning of "financial institution" has also been tweaked so that it becomes the same as what is stated in the Monetary Authority of Singapore Act.

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