April 7th, 2010
06:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Holder discusses terrorism, signs pact with Algeria

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/07/art.eholder.0407.gi.jpg caption =" Attorney General Eric Holder signed a treaty with Algeria on Wednesday that he hopes will help combat terrorism in an area crucial in the battle against violent extremists."]Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder signed a treaty with Algeria on Wednesday that he hopes will help combat terrorism in an area crucial in the battle against violent extremists.

During a visit to Algiers, Holder signed the pact with Algerian Minister of Justice Tayeb Belaiz.

The United States has released 19 Guantanamo Bay detainees to Algeria over a span of several years. Some of the former detainees, including three this year, have been acquitted of terror-related crimes by Algerian courts.

"Algeria is an important partner in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime," Holder said. "This treaty will help us ensure that terrorists and other criminals are not able to avoid justice by simply hiding
evidence beyond our borders," Holder said.

Under the new treaty, the two nations are required to take a wide range of actions that could help prosecutions while protecting the rights of defendants.

The United States and Algeria are bound to provide requested documents, records and other evidence, to locate or identify suspects and fugitives, to serve documents, to execute search warrants and to help recover proceeds from crimes. Bank secrecy would not be grounds to refuse to cooperate with requests
for information on financial crimes.

The countries maintain the right to refuse requests from one another in cases that "constitute a pure military offense," or would interfere with the sovereignty of the country receiving the request.

The Justice Department says it has now signed more than 50 similar treaties with countries around the world.

Holder travels next from Algeria to Spain on his mission to improve cooperation in combating terrorism and other transnational crime.

Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department • Terrorism
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Capt. Snarky

    Since when does the Attorney General have the power to sign Treaty's????

    April 7, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Obama the Liar

    there goes another $3 Billion of that free Obama money.

    April 7, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. Holder you better start seriously addressing domestic terrorists. There is something blowing in the air, and it isn't just pollen.

    The USA needs the USA. I'm not suggesting that you abandon your international terrorist agenda, but I and many others are very concerned about our ability to handle homegrown terrorists within our borders that approach our government officials under the guise of 'peaceful protests'.

    April 7, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Old Voter

    More moronic psycho babble from our fearless leaders left hand man

    April 7, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. D.

    Yeh sure, go at it! There are so many terrorists there and life is miserable and all we have to do is sign treaties with these shady regimes.

    April 7, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Oh good.
    Obama has Algeria as an ally.
    Bush had Saudi Arabia as an ally.

    Nothing has changed.

    April 7, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. b. o. stinks

    uhhhhh didnt you guys just release a prisoner and he fighting in or out of pakistan??? goooood joooob holder yea you know what you are doing

    April 7, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Herman from West Virginia

    since when is the Attorney General authorized to sign treaties with foreign countries?

    April 7, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |