EXTRADITION & INTERNATIONAL CRIMEWithin the current climate international cooperation relating to requests for extradition and mutual assistance between different jurisdictions is becoming increasingly common. We enjoy an excellent international reputation as our work increasingly involves investigations in multiple jurisdictions. Such cases require a sophisticated understanding of foreign law and practice and its impact in the UK. We have developed a network of lawyers around the world with whom we work.
WHAT IS EXTRADITION?Extradition is the official process whereby one nation or state surrenders a suspected or convicted criminal to another nation or state. Between nation states, extradition is regulated by treaties. Through the extradition process, a sovereign (the requesting state) typically makes a formal request to another sovereign (the requested state). If the fugitive is found within the territory of the requested state, then the requested state may arrest the fugitive and subject him or her to its extradition process. The extradition procedures to which the fugitive will be subjected are dependent on the law and practice of the requested state.
FACING EXTRADITION?Extradition can be requested by other countries for many legal reasons, including:
- Criminal prosecution
- Sentencing for offences for which they have been convicted
- Carrying out a sentence that has already been imposed
WHAT CAN OUR EXTRADITION TEAM DO?Our extradition team will navigate through the complex legislation dealing with such requests. We offer clients the advice and assistance required to protect their interests when fighting an extradition request, and we recognize that such requests may have fundamental consequences for those on the receiving end. As part of our service we will check that the appropriate conditions have been met by the country requesting your extradition, for example, if there is an extradition treaty in place. Our extradition solicitors will also advise you on whether or not you can:
- Challenge your extradition
- Appeal against your extradition if a decision has already been made