Between 1st and 4th of April, 2019, in Sinaia, the National Administration of Penitentiaries, in partnership with the Norwegian Correctional Service Directorate, organizes the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.
On this occasion, on April 2nd, 2019, Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, had a meeting with Mr. Azman Bin Ali, deputy director of the Prison Simpang Renggam, Malaysia.
Mainly, the discussions concentrated on the topics of mutual interest for the correctional services in both countries.
The meeting represented a continuation of the steps taken by the Romanian Minister of Justice in the context of the visit from December 2017, context which marked the signing of the Memorandum between the Government of Romania and the Government of Malaysia regarding juridical cooperation. The Memorandum provide different form of cooperation, such as: legislation, good practices and experience exchanges on topics of mutual interest, mutual visits of representatives from both countries judiciary systems, the promotion of programs and projects of mutual cooperation in justice matters. The signing of the Memorandum had an important role towards the progress of negotiations regarding the transfer of inmates in Romania.
During the aforementioned visit in Malaysia in December 2017, The Romanian Minister of Justice visited the Prisons Bentong and Simpang Rengam, in which three Romanian citizens were imprisoned and facing a death penalty.
After the visit of the Romanian Minister of Justice and the signing of the Memorandum between the Government of Romania and the Government of Malaysia, significant changes for the good were made for the Romanian citizens imprisoned in the two prisons, especially the regime of the serving of their sentences. In March 2019, one of the Romanian citizens, Laurențiu Marian Peity had his sentences commuted from the death penalty to life imprisonment.
The meeting represented a great opportunity for sharing the best practices in judicial matters and for the consolidation of collaboration relations, by providing continuity for the steps already taken by the Romanian Minister of Justice.