Iran, Japan assess their judicial cooperation plans


Iranian Deputy Justice Minister for Human Rights and International Affairs Mahmoud Abbasi and Japanese Ambassador to Iran Aikawa Kazutoshi held a meeting in Tehran on Saturday.

The two officials weighed plans for improving legal and judicial relations between the two Asian nations.

Referring to a convict extradition treaty that Iran and Japan signed in 2016, Abbasi expressed Iran’s willingness to take judicial relations with Japan to a higher level, IRNA reported.

He also proposed the idea of ​​concluding bilateral agreements on civil, criminal, commercial and extradition cases.

Abbasi also praised Japan’s logical positions at international and human rights forums and its pro-Iran votes at human rights conferences.

For his part, the Japanese envoy highlighted the long-standing relations between the two countries and their friendly and effective ties, saying that Japan welcomes the expansion of legal and judicial relations with Iran.

He also noted that Japan would transfer four Iranian convicts to Tehran within the next two weeks, in accordance with the agreement on the extradition of detainees.

In January 2015, Iran and Japan finalized the details of an extradition treaty after 5 years of technical discussions and exchange of diplomatic delegations.

The extradition treaty allows Iranian prisoners in Japan and Japanese detainees in Iran to return to their respective countries and complete their prison terms at home.

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