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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, http://www.rdb.at). 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 […]

Bahamas: Government Defends Expedited Extradition of the “Barefoot Bandit”

(Aug. 10, 2010) The United States and the Bahamas are parties to an Extradition Treaty that became effective in 1994. (U.S. Department of State, TREATIES IN FORCE, http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/tif/index.htm (last visited Aug. 4, 2010).) Thus, when the teenage fugitive whose full name is Colton Harris-Moore, but who is more commonly known as the “Barefoot Bandit,” crashed […]

Senegal: Extradition of Terror Suspects Approved by Court

(Aug. 5, 2010) On July 29, 2010, an appeals court in Senegal approved the extradition to their home country of three men from Morocco who had been accused of terrorism. The final decision on extradition is through a presidential decree. Si Mohamed, Mohamed Brigph, and Moulaye Abdelhani Nadane were the subjects of an extradition request […]

Jamaica: Prime Minister Refers Extradition Case to Courts

(Apr. 19, 2010) In an apparent attempt to diffuse a bitter dispute with the United States over an extradition request presented by U.S. officials, Prime Minister Bruce Golding of Jamaica has asked the courts to review his actions in the case. The subject of the request is Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who is an alleged “drug […]

Namibia: Supreme Court Declares Extradition Act Provision Unconstitutional

(Apr. 14, 2010) On April 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Namibia declared a provision of the 1996 Namibian Extradition Act, which imposes unlimited detention on a person found eligible for extradition, unconstitutional. The ruling came as a result of a challenge lodged by one Jacob ('Kobi') Alexander, an Israeli wanted by the United States […]

Israel: Extradition Evidence Must be Made Available in the Hebrew Language; Appeals over Interim Decisions in Extradition Cases Must be Permitted

(May 14, 2009) On May 10, 2009, the Supreme Court held that even in the absence of an express provision in the Extradition Law and its regulations, the Government Attorney has a right to appeal interim decisions related to extradition. The Court further held that the extradition material must be submitted to the person whose […]

Rwanda; United Kingdom: Extradition Disallowed by British Court

(Apr. 16, 2009) On April 7, 2009, the High Court of London refused to allow the extradition of four suspects – three former mayors in southern Rwanda (Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Celestin Ugirashebuja, and Charles Munyaneza) and one alleged militia leader (Vincent Bajinya) – wanted in Rwanda for crimes they allegedly committed in the 1994 genocide in […]