States Parties shall afford one another the widest measure of mutual legal assistance in initiating and carrying out investigations, prosecutions and judicial and other proceedings in relation to claims covered by this (Legally Binding Instrument), including access to information and supply of all evidence at their disposal and necessary for the proceedings in order to allow effective, prompt, thorough and impartial investigations.
Whatever the outcome, the succeeding sections seek to develop the rules within which it might indeed be possible to develop a broadly scoped regimen of mutual assistance. Section 2 is directed to states.
The requested State Party shall inform the requesting State Party, as soon as possible, of any additional information or documents needed to support the request for assistance and, where requested, of the status and outcome of the request for assistance. The requesting State Party may require that the requested State Party keep confidential the fact and substance of the request, except to the extent necessary to execute the request.