[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)]
[May 13, 1998]
[Pages 749-750]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Message to the Senate Transmitting the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-
United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty With Documentation
May 13, 1998

To the Senate of the United States:
    With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to 
ratification, I transmit herewith the Treaty Between the Government of 
the United States of America and the Government of Saint Vincent and the 
Grenadines on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, and a related 
Protocol, signed at Kingstown on January 8, 1998. I transmit also, for 
the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State 
with respect to the Treaty.
    The Treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal assistance 
treaties being negotiated by the United States in order to counter 
criminal activities more effectively. The Treaty should be an effective 
tool to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of crimes, including 
drug trafficking offenses. The Treaty is self-executing.
    The Treaty provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal 
matters. Mutual assistance available under the Treaty includes: taking 
of testimony or statements of persons; providing documents, records, and 
articles of evidence;

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serving documents; locating or identifying persons; transferring persons 
in custody for testimony or other purposes; executing requests for 
searches and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to 
immobilization and forfeiture of assets; restitution; collection of 
fines; and any other form of assistance not prohibited by the laws of 
the Requested State.
    I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration 
to the Treaty and related Protocol, and give its advice and consent to 

                                                      William J. Clinton

The White House,

May 13, 1998.