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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 2 March 2022

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Questions (151)

Róisín Shortall


151. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice the position regarding a refusal of mutual assistance request (details supplied); if the decision can be appealed and the process made available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11893/22]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

International requests for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters are dealt with on a confidential basis and therefore it would not appropriate to comment in detail on individual cases.  Such requests are dealt with in accordance with the Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008, as amended. 

The incoming request concerned was refused, following legal advices, having regard to section 3(1)(b) of the 2008 Act. 

The legal basis for the refusal was communicated to the requesting state and the legal representatives of the individual that was the subject of the mutual assistance request. 

There is no provision to appeal a refusal under the Act.