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Appendix 4: Extradition and Mutual Assistance

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This appendix provides an overview of the numbers of extradition and mutual assistance requests carried forward, made and received and finalised during the 2016–17 financial year. To ensure confidentiality of the extradition and mutual assistance requests made by Australia to foreign countries and received from foreign countries, the department does not provide information about individual cases.

In order to provide greater transparency in relation to the extradition requests made and received during the 2016–17 financial year, this appendix also includes information about the number of individuals surrendered to and from Australia, the citizenship of these individuals and the categories of offending for which they were surrendered.

International transfer of prisoners

Table 23: International transfer of prisoners

International transfer of prisoners 2015–16 2016–17
Applications made to transfer from Australia 31 21
Applications made to transfer to Australia 18 13

Extradition matters dealt with in 2016–17 or continuing

Table 24: Extradition requests made by Australia

Extradition requests made by Australia 2016–17
Requests carried forward 20
New requests made 7
Requests granted 6
Requests withdrawn 0
Requests refused 0
Requests otherwise finalised 1
Requests continuing 20

Table 25: Australian extradition requests granted

Australian extradition requests granted 2016–17
Indonesia 2
Tonga 1
United Kingdom 2
United States of America 1

Table 26: Citizenship of people surrendered to Australia

Citizenship of people surrendered to Australia 2016–17
Australian 2
Iranian 1
Finnish 1
Tongan 1
British 1

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

Table 27: Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered to Australia

Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered to Australia 2016–17
Murder 1
People smuggling 1
Sexual offences 1
Child sex offences 1
Drug offences 1
Fraud/proceeds of crime 1

Table 28: Extradition requests made to Australia

Extradition requests made to Australia 2016–17
Requests carried forward 60
New requests received 16
Requests granted 9
Requests withdrawn 1
Requests refused by the Attorney-General 0
Requests refused by the courts 0
Requests otherwise finalised 1
Requests continuing 65

Table 29: Extradition requests granted by Australia

Extradition requests granted by Australia 2016–17
Greece 1
Germany 2
Ireland 2
Sweden 1
United Kingdom 1
United States of America 2

Table 30: Citizenship of people surrendered by Australia

Citizenship of people surrendered by Australia 2016–17
Australian 4
Canadian 1
German 1
Greek 1
Irish 2
Lithuanian 1
Swedish 1

Note: As some of these people held dual nationality, the numbers total more than the number of people surrendered.
Note: There were two Australian permanent residents extradited from Australia.

Table 31: Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered

Major categories of offences for which people were surrendered 2016–17
Sexual offences 3
Child sex offences 1
Assault 2
Fraud 1
Theft 2
Corporate offences 1
Arson 1
Driving offences 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 2016–17 or continuing

Table 32: Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made by Australia

Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made by Australia 2016–17
Requests carried forward 468
New requests made/requests reopened 307
Requests finalised 294
Requests continuing 481

Table 33: Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made to Australia

Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made to Australia 2016–17
Requests carried forward 192
New requests/requests reopened 429
Requests finalised 375
Requests continuing 246

Comparative statistics for extradition and mutual assistance cases

Table 34: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2006–07 to 2016–17

Year Cases carried forward New requests made Requests granted Requests refused Requests otherwise finalised
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
2015–16 24 6 5 3 2
2016–17 20 7 6 0 1

Table 35: Extradition requests made to Australia, 2006–07 to 2016–17

Year Cases carried forward New requests made Requests granted Requests refused Requests otherwise finalised
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
2015–16 60 28 11 1 16
2016–17 60 16 9 1 1

Table 36: Mutual assistance requests made by Australia, 2006–07 to 2016–17

Year Cases carried forward New requests made Requests finalised Requests refused
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
2015–16 397 366 304 0
2016–17 468 307 294 0

Table 37: Mutual assistance requests made to Australia, 2006–07 to 2016–17

Year Cases carried forward New requests made Requests finalised Requests refused
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
2015–16 166 398 383 0
2016–17 192 429 375 0

International war crimes

Australia did not receive any requests from the ICC, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2016–17. There were no requests from the ICC, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda carried over into 2016–17.

Breaches of undertakings

In response to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Report 91 and 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 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 2016–17.

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