Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008

Requests for interception where technical assistance required

Request to member state for interception.

23.— (1) This section applies where—

(a) for the purpose of a criminal investigation the Minister has given an authorisation of an interception under section 2 of the Act of 1993,

(b) the person specified in the authorisation is present in the State or a member state, and

(c) technical assistance from a member state is needed to intercept the telecommunications messages concerned.

(2) Where this section applies, the Minister may cause a request to be made to a competent authority in the member state for—

(a) the interception by that authority and immediate transmission to the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána or a member of the Garda Síochána nominated by him or her of telecommunications messages to or from the telecommunications address concerned, or

(b) the interception and recording of the messages and the transmission of the recording to the Commissioner or member.

(3) The request shall—

(a) confirm that an authorisation of an interception has been given by the Minister under the Act of 1993 for the purpose of a criminal investigation,

(b) give sufficient information to identify the person whose telecommunications messages are to be intercepted,

(c) give an indication of the criminal conduct under investigation,

(d) state the desired duration of the interception,

(e) provide sufficient technical data, including the network connection number of the telecommunications address concerned, to ensure that the request can be met, and

(f) where the request—

(i) relates to a specified person who is present in the member state concerned, or

(ii) is a request under subsection (2)(b),

provide a summary of the facts relating to the offence being investigated and any further information that the competent authority may require to enable it to decide whether the requested interception would be authorised by it in similar circumstances.

(4) If the request relates to a person who is present in a member state other than that from which the technical assistance is required, that other member state shall be notified of the authorisation in accordance with section 26 .

(5) Information received in response to the request is deemed to be official information for the purposes of the Official Secrets Act 1963 .

(6) For the removal of doubt, it is declared that an authorisation may be given under section 2 of the Act of 1993 where the person whose telecommunications messages are to be intercepted is present in a member state.