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Review of the Office of International Affairs’ Role in the International Extradition of Fugitives

Review of the Office of International Affairs’ Role in the International Extradition of Fugitives – http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/OBD/e0208/index.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find an overview of the extradition process?
  • What are paperwork problems that can hinder a successful extradition?

Description:

This is a DOJ Inspector General’s report on how well the Office of International Affairs fulfilled its role in the extradition of suspects to and from the United States. It contains an overview of the extradition process and examples of extradition snafus that may be helpful in stories.

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US Extradition Procedures from DOJ

US Extradition Procedures from DOJ – http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/title9/15mcrm.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are are some alternatives to extradition?
  • What paperwork is required to extradite someone from overseas?
  • What is an Interpol Red Notice and how can it be helpful in extradition cases?

Description:

This section of the larger Criminal Resource Manual spells out procedures and policies followed in both requesting extradition of individuals from foreign countries and in responding to foreign country requests for extradition. The manual is divided into the following section:

  • 9-15.100 Definition and General Principles
  • 9-15.200 Procedures For Requesting Extradition From Abroad
  • 9-15.210 Role of the Office of International Affairs
  • 9-15.220 Determination of Extraditability
  • 9-15.225 Procedure When Fugitive is Non-Extraditable
  • 9-15.230 Request for Provisional Arrest
  • 9-15.240 Documents Required in Support of Request for Extradition
  • 9-15.250 Procedure After Assembling Documents
  • 9-15.300 Procedure in the Foreign Country
  • 9-15.400 Return of the Fugitive
  • 9-15.500 Post Extradition Considerations—Limitations on Further Prosecution
  • 9-15.600 Alternatives To Extradition
  • 9-15.610 Deportations, Expulsions, or other Extraordinary Renditions
  • 9-15.620 Extradition From a Third Country
  • 9-15.630 Lures (Getting the fugitive to go to the United States or a third country with an extradition treaty.)
  • 9-15.635 Interpol Red Notices (Closest thing to international arrest warrants.)
  • 9-15.640 Revocation of United States Passports
  • 9-15.650 Foreign Prosecution
  • 9-15.700 Foreign Extradition Requests
  • 9-15.800 Plea Agreements and Related Matters—Prohibition

List of countries having a bilateral extradition treaty with the United States

List of countries having a bilateral extradition treaty with the United States – http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/71600.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How can I figure out what countries don’t have an extradition treaty with the United States?
  • How long has the United States had an extradition treaty with Australia?
  • Where could I find the 1909 extradition treaty with the Dominican Republic?

Description:

Simple list of extradition treaties starting on page 6 of this PDF file. The list has country, date of signing, date treaty entered into force and a citation you can use to find the treaty text. If the treaty was signed after 1990, you can find the text using the instructions given in the annotation for the Federal Digital System (FDSys).

Search Tip:

To answer the question, “What countries don’t have an extradition treaty with the United States?”, you’ll need to do a little work:

  1. Start off with the State Department’s list of “Independent States in the World” at http://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm.
  2. Set it side by side (either in paper or electronically) with the “List of countries having a bilateral extradition treaty with the United States.
  3. Cross off the countries with a bilateral extradition treaty from the list of independent states. Your remaining countries will not have an extradition treaty with the United States.

Text of treaties (since 1990) FDSys [Focus on Extradition]

Text of treaties (since 1990) FDSys –  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/home.action

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What constitutes an extraditable offense for Bulgaria?
  • What are the conditions for the transit of an extradited prisoner?
  • Can someone in South Korea be extradited for a death penalty offense in the United States?

Description:

FDSys is the official repository for a large variety of federal documents, including most current Congressional publications. If you’d like to know more about FDSys in general, I urge you to check out their tutorial page.

For this entry, we are only concerned with how to bring up extradition treaties. FDSys has the full text of all extradition treaties concluded since 1990.

In the search box on the front page, type in [collection:CDOC and doctype:TDOC and content:extradition]. This will search for the word “extradition” in treaty documents in the Congressional Documents Collection of FDSys.  You’ll see a results list that consisted of 87 treaties as of January 2014.

Rather than clicking on the title of an agreement right away, I suggest clicking on “more information.” That will let you access a text overview of a treaty rather than the PDF version that can range up to 90MB.  If the overview looks promising, then jump to the larger PDF. It will also begin with the overview, but then be followed by the full treaty text.

If you need the text of an extradition treaty prior to 1990, check out your local Federal Depository Library as they usually have access to a complete collection of Congressional documents. At minimum, they will have search tools to see where the extradition treaty can be found.

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