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Appendix 7: Extradition and mutual assistance

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International transfer of prisoners

Table 19: International transfer of prisoners
International transfer of prisoners 2013–14 2014–15
Applications made to transfer from Australia 21 20
Applications made to transfer to Australia 10 14

 

Extradition matters dealt with in 2014–15 or continuing

Table 20: Extradition requests made by Australia
Extradition requests made by Australia 2014–15
Requests carried forward 25
New requests made 9
Requests granted 8
Requests withdrawn 2
Requests refused 0
Requests otherwise finalised 0
Requests continuing 24
Table 21: Australian extradition requests granted
Australian extradition requests granted 2014–15
United States of America 2
Malaysia 2
Greece 1
Hong Kong 1
Netherlands 1
United Kingdom 1
Table 22: Citizenship of people surrendered to Australia
Citizenship of people surrendered to Australia 2014–15
Australia 6
United Kingdom 3
Macedonia 1
People’s Republic of China 1

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

Note: There were no Australian permanent residents extradited to Australia.

Table 23: Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered to Australia
Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered to Australia 2014–15
Fraud/forgery offences 3
Murder/manslaughter/attempted murder 1
Corporate offences 1
Kidnapping 2
Sexual assault 1
Table 24: Extradition requests made to Australia
Extradition requests made to Australia 2014–15
Requests carried forward 57
New requests received 32
Requests granted 10
Requests withdrawn 4
Requests refused by the Attorney-General 1
Requests refused by the courts 0
Requests otherwise finalised 14
Requests continuing 60
Table 25: Extradition requests granted by Australia
Extradition requests granted by Australia 2014–15
Ireland 2
United States of America 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Canada 1
Hungary 1
India 1
Turkey 1
United Kingdom 1
Table 26: Citizenship of people surrendered by Australia
Citizenship of people surrendered by Australia 2014–15
India 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
United Kingdom 1
Canada 2
Turkey 1
Australia 4
United States of America 1
Ireland 2
Hungary 1

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

Note: In addition to the 4 Australian citizens who were extradited, 1 Australian permanent resident was extradited to a third country.

Table 27: Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered
Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered 2014–15
Sexual assault 1
Kidnapping offences 2
Child sex offences 1
Drug offences 2
Money-laundering offences 1
Weapons and explosives offences 1
Fraud/theft offences 2
Assault offences 2
Murder/manslaughter/attempted murder 1

Note: As some of these people were surrendered for more than one offence, the numbers total more than the number of people surrendered.

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 2014–15 or continuing

Table 28: Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made by Australia
Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made by Australia 2014–15
Requests carried forward 377
New requests made/requests reopened 338
Requests finalised 321
Requests refused 0
Requests continuing 394
Table 29: Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made to Australia
Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made to Australia 2014–15
Requests carried forward 135
New requests/requests reopened 340
Requests finalised 316
Requests refused 0
Requests continuing 159

Comparative statistics for extradition and mutual assistance cases

Table 30: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2005–06 to 2014–15
  Cases carried forward New requests made Requests granted Requests refused Requests otherwise finalised
2005–06 14 13 8 1 1
2006–07 17 24 9 4 3
2007–08 25 15 14 0 4
2008–09 22 25 9 4 2
2009–10 30 19 13 3 2
2010–11 31 21 12 0 3
2011–12 37 14 9 0 5
2012–13 37 16 14 1 4
2013–14 34 15 18 0 6
2014–15 25 9 8 0 0
Table 31: Extradition requests made to Australia, 2005–06 to 2014–15
  Cases carried forward New requests made Requests granted Requests refused Requests otherwise finalised
2005–06 31 21 11 2 2
2006–07 37 22 8 0 6
2007–08 45 12 9 1 6
2008–09 41 17 10 2 8
2009–10 38 30 6 1 11
2010–11 50 23 5 0 11
2011–12 57 22 10 1 16
2012–13 52 23 11 2 15
2013–14 47 43 13 2 18
2014–15 57 32 10 1 13
Table 32: Mutual assistance requests made by Australia, 2005–06 to 2014–15
  Cases carried forward New requests made Requests finalised Requests refused
2005–06 195 167 94 0
2006–07 270 220 176 0
2007–08 314 225 298 0
2008–09 241 184       186 0
2009–10 239       182 192 0
2010–11 229 203 175 0
2011–12 257 263 225 0
2012–13 295 292 259 0
2013–14 328 352 303 0
2014–15 377 338 321 0
Table 33: Mutual assistance requests made to Australia, 2005–06 to 2014–15
  Cases carried forward New requests made Requests finalised Requests refused
2005–06 176 228 159 0
2006–07 249 239 242 0
2007–08 246 290 385 0
2008–09 151 340 338 0
2009–10 156 380 373 1
2010–11 162 427 438 0
2011–12 151 387 391 1
2012–13 146 398 385 1
2013–14 159 321 345 0
2014–15 135 340 316 0

International war crimes

Australia continues to assist in one request for assistance from the ICC received in 2013–14.

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 2014–15.

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