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Canada Can Search Czechoslovakia for Evidence on War Criminals

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Canada has reached an agreement with Czechoslovakia that will allow Canadian legal officials to gather evidence in Czechoslovakia, for use in the trials of suspected war criminals in Canadian courts.

Canada already has such agreements with the Soviet Union, Holland and Israel, which stem from a law passed last year allowing the trial in Canada of persons living in this country who are suspected of war crimes in another country.

The memorandum of understanding with Czechoslovakia was introduced in the House of Commons last week.

Like the earlier agreements, it provides for taking evidence in accordance with Canadian rules of evidence and safeguarding the identity of the suspect until brought to trial.

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