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Appendix 7: Extradition and mutual assistance data

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International transfer of prisoners

Table 29: International transfer of prisoners

International transfer of prisoners
2012–13
2013–14
Applications made to transfer from Australia
36
21
Applications made to transfer to Australia
10
10

Extradition matters dealt with in 2013–14 or continuing

Table 30: Extradition requests made by Australia

Extradition requests made by Australia
2013–14
Requests carried forward
34
New requests made
15
Requests granted
18
Requests withdrawn
5
Requests refused
0
Requests otherwise finalised
1
Requests continuing
25

Table 31: Australian extradition requests granted

Australian extradition requests granted
Number
United States of America
5
Thailand
2
Malaysia
2
United Kingdom
2
Cambodia
1
Germany
1
Hong Kong SAR
1
Ireland
1
Papua New Guinea
1
Serbia
1
Singapore
1

Table 32: Citizenship of people surrendered to Australia

Citizenship of people surrendered to Australia
Number
United States of America
4
Australia
3
United Kingdom
2
Iraq
2
Thailand
2
Bulgaria
1
Germany
1
Hong Kong SAR
1
Indonesia
1
Ireland
1
Malaysia
1

Note: As some of these people held dual nationality, the numbers total more than the number of people surrendered.

Table 33: Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered to Australia

Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered to Australia
Number
Drug offences
7
Murder/manslaughter/attempted murder
4
Child sex offences
2
People smuggling
2
Bribery/corruption offences
1
Driving offences
1
Fraud/theft offences
1

Table 34: Extradition requests made to Australia

Extradition requests made to Australia
2013–14
Requests carried forward
47
New requests received
43
Requests granted
13
Requests withdrawn
6
Requests refused by the Attorney-General
2
Requests refused by the courts
0
Requests otherwise finalised
12
Requests continuing
57

Table 35: Extradition requests granted by Australia

Extradition requests granted by Australia
Number
Ireland
4
United States of America
3
Poland
2
United Kingdom
2
Indonesia
1
South Korea
1

Table 36: Citizenship of people surrendered by Australia

Citizenship of people surrendered by Australia
Number
Australia
6
Ireland
4
United Kingdom
3
Poland
2
Indonesia
1
South Africa
1
South Korea
1

Note: As some of these people held dual nationality, the numbers total more than the number of people surrendered.

Table 37: Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered

Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered
Number
Drug offences
3
Fraud/theft offences
3
Child sex offences
2
Driving offences
2
Assault offences
1
Bribery/corruption offences
1
Murder/manslaughter/attempted murder
1

Note: Extradition requests vary considerably in complexity and the time it takes to resolve them. The complexity of an extradition request depends on the alleged criminal offence or offences and the alleged criminal conduct underlying the offence. The time taken to resolve an extradition request can vary from a few years, if a fugitive wishes to contest extradition and exercise all rights of review and appeal, to a few months if a fugitive consents to extradition.

Mutual assistance matters dealt with in 2013–14 or continuing

Table 38: Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made by Australia

Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made by Australia
2013–14
Requests carried forward
328
New requests made/requests reopened
353
Requests finalised
303
Requests continuing
377

Table 39: Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made to Australia

Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made to Australia
2013–14
Requests carried forward
159
New requests/requests reopened
321
Requests finalised
345
Requests refused
0
Requests continuing
135

Comparative statistics for extradition and mutual assistance cases

Figure 5: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2004–05 to 2013–14

Figure Five represents extradition requests made by Australia 2004-5 to 2013-14. It links closely to table 30. Between 2012-2013 and 2013-14, there was a decrease in requests carried forward and new requests made, and an increase in requests granted and requests otherwise finalised 

Figure 6: Extradition requests made to Australia, 2004–05 to 2013–14

Figure Six represents extradition requests made to Australia 2004-5 to 2013-14. It links closely to table 34.Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, there was a decrease in cases carried forward, and an increase in new requests made, requests refused and requests otherwise finalised. 

Figure 7: Mutual assistance requests made by Australia, 2004–05 to 2013–14

Figure Seven represents Mutual assistance requests made by Australia, 2004-2005 to 2013-14. It links closely to table 38. Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, there was an increase in requests carried forward, new requests made and requests finalised. 

Figure 8: Mutual assistance requests made to Australia, 2004–05 to 2013–14

Figure Eight represents Mutual assistance requests made to Australia, 2004-2005 to 2013-14. It links closely to table 39. Between 2012-2013 and 2013-14, there was an increase in cases carried forward, and a decrease in new requests made and requests finalised. 

International war crimes

Australia received one request for assistance from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and one request for assistance from the International Criminal Court. One was finalised and one remains current.

Breaches of undertakings

In response to the House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs' Advisory Report on the Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, the Australian Government undertook to report all breaches of undertakings in relation to extradition or mutual assistance processes that come to the attention of the government, in the department's annual report. No breaches of undertaking have come to the attention of the Australian Government in 2013–14.

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