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Italy: Legislation Implementing the EU Criminal Mutual Assistance Convention

(Aug. 26, 2016) On August 5, 2016, new legislation ratifying and implementing the European Union Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, in particular concerning extradition, entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 149 of July 21, 2016, Ratifying and Implementing the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Between Member States of the European […]

Israel: Priest Accused of Sexual Offenses Involving Minors to Be Extradited to Russia

(Feb. 19, 2016) On February 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an appeal against the extradition of a Russian priest accused of committing sexual offenses in Russia. The decision was rendered by Justice Uri Shoham, with Justices Neal Hendel and Salim Joubran concurring.  (Crim.A 1210/15 Gleb Grozovsky v. the Attorney General (Feb. 16, […]

Australia/Croatia: Former Serbian Commander Indicted

(Jan. 15, 2016) On January 8, 2016, Croatian authorities indicted Dragan Vasiljkovic on charges that he committed war crimes. Vasiljkovic was a Serbian paramilitary commander during the 1991-1995 war in the former Yugoslavia by which Croatia gained its independence. He is accused of torturing and killing Croatian soldiers and police officers; of ordering the executions […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Affirms Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange

(June 15, 2015) On May 11, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court decision to continue to detain Julian Assange in absentia. (Press Release, The Supreme Court Affirms the Decision of the Court of Appeals for Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange (May 12, 2015), Högsta Domstolen[ Supreme Court] website; Case No. Ö 5880.14 […]

South Africa: Court Declares Extradition to Death Penalty Jurisdiction Illegal

(Sept. 25, 2014) On September 23, 2014, the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, ruled that the extradition to Botswana of Edwin Samotse, a man sought on murder charges in that country, where he may face the death penalty, was a violation of the South African Constitution and illegal. (High Court Rules Botswana Deportation Illegal, […]

Mexico: Federal Tribunal Approves Extradition of

(June 19, 2012) On June 7, 2012, a Mexican federal tribunal authorized the extradition to the United States of Sandra Ávila Beltrán, known as the “Queen of the Pacific,” to be tried for the delivery of 100 kilograms of cocaine in the city of Chicago in 2001, one of the charges on the basis of […]

China; Mexico: Extradition Treaty Ratified

(June 19, 2012) Marisella Morales, the Attorney General of the Mexican Republic, and China's ambassador to Mexico, Zeng Gang, exchanged the documents of ratification on the extradition treaty between the two countries. (Héctor Vargas, México y China Ratifican Tratado de Extradicción, EL FINANCIERO (June 11, 2012) [cut and past article title in Google if link […]

France: Investigating Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeals Opposes Extradition of Widow of Rwandan Ex-President

(Oct. 4, 2011) On September 28, 2011, the Investigating Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeals issued a decision opposing the extradition of Agathe Habyarimana, the widow of former Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. Mrs. Habryarimana is sought by the Rwandan authorities, who issued an international arrest warrant against her, for “genocide” and “crimes against humanity.” […]

Austria: Extradition and Family Unification Rights Balanced

(Oct. 28, 2010) On August 24, 2010, the Austrian Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof (OGH)) ruled in favor of extraditing a fugitive to Macedonia by holding that his extradition did not violate European Union family unification standards (OGH, Aug. 24, 2010, 14 Os 87/10s, Rechtsdatenbank online subscription database, Macedonia had requested extradition so that the […]

Nepal: Bill on Extradition Drafted

(Sept. 29, 2010) It was reported on September 28, 2010, that Nepal's Ministry of Law and Justice has readied a draft bill on extradition. If adopted, the law would establish legal means for the extradition of persons residing in Nepal who have committed crimes in other countries, although the Supreme Court would have the power […]