Last night's signing, with Portugal's minister for interior administration in foreground. Image: Lusa
Last night's signing, with Portugal's minister for interior administration in foreground. Image: Lusa

Agreement signed with Brazil on crime fighting, prevention, borders

Portugal and Brazil do not have a extradition agreement – which has frustrated dozens of criminal investigations

Portugal and Brazil have signed a cooperation and exchange agreement covering areas such as preventing and fighting crime, border security and management of major events, which will include training, sharing equipment and exchanging information.

Proximity policing, prevention and road safety and policies to combat violence against women and domestic violence are also areas covered by the agreement signed in Lisbon late yesterday by Portugal’s minister of internal administration, José Luís Carneiro, and Brazil’s minister of justice and public safety, Flávio Dino.

“Our cooperation relationship already has many decades of existence, but today we can strengthen, update, these levels of cooperation,” said Carneiro, pointing to the strengthening of “the prevention of criminal risks, particularly in the fight against various forms of trafficking, starting with drug trafficking and human trafficking.

Carneiro also noted the importance of the interior ministers of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) meeting being held again and of “turning these meetings into regular meetings” to strengthen relations in areas such as “secure management and control of borders … combatting the various types of trafficking” and also “in the prevention of criminality, namely … linked to child protection.”

In addition to these areas, the minister spoke of other common concerns that were also addressed by Dino, related to the growing community of Brazil nationals in Portugal and the large Portuguese presence in Brazil.

“We know that we have many challenges that transcend national borders,” Dino said. “We brought here some particular concerns that we highlighted, especially those related to joint action in relation to trafficking in general, illegal trafficking of drugs, people, environmental products, which require political action.”

The ministers also highlighted their concern with cybercrimes, from sexual abuse and the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, to the so-called heinous crimes.

The agreement reflects the will of both countries to “deepen relations of cooperation and exchange in matters of internal administration,” and will be in force for three years, automatically renewable for equal and successive periods, according to the document signed.

It is defined that on Brazil’s side it involves security forces and services under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security – the National Secretariat of Public Security, Federal Police and Federal Road Police – and on Portugal’s side the forces dependent and under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Internal Administration – the National Republican Guard (GNR), the Public Security Police (PSP) and National Road Safety Authority (ANSR).

This is perhaps a step towards a full blown extradition agreement, which would halt the extraordinary frustration in bringing many criminals to justice.

Source: LUSA