12th Crime Congress

The Congress centre becomes international territory

Posted in Uncategorized by 12thcrimecongress on 11 April 2010

At 11 this morning, after an hour-long “handing over” ceremony, the premises of the Congress were officially handed over by the Brazilian authorities to the United Nations. For the duration of the Congress, the centre will be international territory and Brazilian law no longer has jurisdiction over anything that happens on any of these four floors.

The Brazilian flag was removed and the United Nations flag placed in its stead.

United Nations staff, individual experts, journalists and Government representatives came to listen to the Minister of Justice of Brazil, the representative of the State of Bahia and John Sandage, who, as the highest-ranking UNODC officer present at the Congress, is representing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.


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