The Ibero-American Network for International Legal Cooperation (Red Iberoamericana de Cooperación Jurídica Internacional – IberRed) seeks to strengthen legal cooperation in criminal and civil matters, as well as to facilitate and expedite communication between the Ibero-America judicial authorities
On June 28, the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, in his legal capacity as President of the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors (Asociación Iberoamericana de Ministerios Públicos AIAMP) attended the meeting to establish the IberRed Executive Commission in compliance with the new regulation established by that Network, together with Pilar Llop Cuenca, Minister of Justice of Spain representing COMJIB; Gastón Gianero, Director of Constitutional, Legal and Registry Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay; as well as Sigfrido Steidel Figueroa, Administrative Director of the Courts of Puerto Rico, Secretary and Coordinator of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit (Cumbre Judicial Iberoamericana CJI).
This meeting was the beginning of a new organizational stage for IberRed which seeks to strengthen the common space for international legal cooperation in Latin America.
Likewise, the Attorney General Francisco Barbosa, participated as President of the AIAMP in the XXIII Assembly of the Conference of Ministers of Justice of the Ibero-American Countries (COMJIB) which was held between June 29 and 30 in Madrid (Spain). In this meeting, the Attorney General talked about the cycle of shared policies in Justice matters between the European Union and Latin America, as well as the participation and contributions of the AIAMP within the framework of IberRed.
In his speech, the Attorney General pointed out the progress made by the AIAMP to articulate the work of the Public Ministries and promote the exchange of information and good practices: “It is not simply and just the issuance of documents but the implementation of those results. At the AIAMP we have achieved two things regarding this cooperation (…). There are two fields: the first one has to do (…) with the specialized networks in the work groups that are working in America which are being developed in the AIAMP through contact points. What does it mean? That we have prosecutors who handle transnational cases who share evidence, who are collecting evidence, that we are working to improve fluid and judicial dialogue to achieve joint results through judicial decisions”, he stated.
He also emphasized that, beyond the operational aspect, the AIAMP works on collecting standards and on the development of protocols and guides that promote coordination between the institutions which are part of this Association with the aim of taking advantage of the evidence collected in investigations and promote the standardization of research methodologies.
“Besides that regulation, if you want to say primary, from the point of view of regulations, of work units within ‘procuradurias’, within the prosecutor’s offices, we have the possibility of achieving cooperation that has allowed us to join our actions, our operational work, but also to collect in that data base the information that will help as a reference and consultation”, he stated.
What is IberRed?
The Ibero-American Network for International Legal Cooperation (Red Iberoamericana de Cooperación Jurídica Internacional – IberRed) is a structure made up of the central authorities and contact points of the ministries of justice, prosecutors, public ministries and judicial powers of the 22 countries that make up the Ibero-American Community of Nations established during the Conference of Ministers of Justice of the Ibero-American Countries, held in 2004 in Cartagena.
It was created to optimize legal cooperation in criminal and civil matters among Ibero-American countries and to establish and keep updated an information system on the different legal systems of the Ibero-American Community of Nations.
The new Executive Committee of IberRed will be made up of:
- Francisco Barbosa Delgado, Attorney General of Colombia; and Álvaro García Ortiz, Attorney General of Spain, President and Secretary General of AIAMP, respectively.
- Pilar Llop Cuenca, Minister of Justice of Spain; and Gastón Gianero, Director of Constitutional, Legal and Registry Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay, both representing COMJIB.
- John Pérez Brignani, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Uruguay; and Sigfrido Steidel Figueroa, Administrative Director of the Courts of Puerto Rico, Secretary and Coordinator of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit (CJI), respectively.
When we speak, results follow.
The information contained in this press release corresponds to the narration of the objective news provided by the officials in charge of carrying out criminal investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. By the time this communication is disclosed, the legal status of the people mentioned is still pending to be resolved by the competent judicial authority, always under the presumption of innocence contemplated by Article 29 of the Political Constitution and Article 7 of Law 906 of 2004.