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Appendix 11 - Extradition and mutual assistance

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Extradition and mutual assistance

International transfer of prisoners

  2009–10 2010–11
Applications made to transfer from Australia 22 36
Applications made to transfer to Australia 30 17

Extradition matters dealt with in 2010–11 or continuing at
30 June 2011

Extradition requests made by Australia

  2010–11
Requests carried forward 31
New requests made 22
Requests granted 12
Requests withdrawn 1
Requests refused 0
Requests otherwise finalised 2
Requests continuing 38

The following countries granted Australian extradition requests:

Country Number
Germany 1
Italy 1
Indonesia 1
Jersey 1
The Netherlands 1
Singapore 1
Syria 1
Thailand 1
United Kingdom 3
United States 1

The people surrendered to Australia were citizens of the following countries:

Country Number
Australia 5
Canada 1
India 1
Italy 1
Jersey 1
United Kingdom 5
United States 2

* One person was a dual Australian-United Kingdom national. One person was a dual United States-Canadian national. One person was a dual United States-United Kingdom national. One person was a dual Australian-Italian national.

People were surrendered for the following major categories of offences:

Child abduction 1
Drugs 1
Fraud 4
Money-laundering 1
Murder 2
Perjury 1
Sexual offences 2

Extradition requests made to Australia

  2010–11
Requests carried forward 50
New requests received 23
Requests granted 5
Requests withdrawn 4
Requests refused by the Attorney-General 0
Requests refused by the courts 0
Requests otherwise finalised 7
Requests continuing 57

Australia granted extradition requests made by the following countries:

Country Number
Poland 1
Ireland 1
Switzerland 1
United Kingdom 2

The people surrendered by Australia were citizens of the following countries:

Country Number
Australia

1

France

1

Ireland

1

New Zealand

1

Poland

1

Switzerland

1

United Kingdom

1

* One person was a dual Polish-French national. One person was a dual Australian-Swiss national.

People were surrendered for the following major categories of offences:

Attempted murder 1
Drugs 1
Fraud 2
Theft 1

Note: Extradition requests vary considerably in complexity and the time they take to resolve. The complexity of an extradition request depends on the alleged criminal offence or offences and the alleged criminal conduct underlying the offences. 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 2010–11 or continuing at 30 June 2011

Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made by Australia

  2010–11
Requests carried forward 229
New requests made/requests reopened 203
Requests finalised 175
Requests continuing 257

Mutual assistance in criminal matters requests made to Australia

  2010–11
Requests carried forward 162
New requests/requests reopened 427
Requests finalised 438
Requests refused 0
Requests continuing 151

Comparative statistics for extradition and mutual assistance cases, 2004–05 to 2010–11

Figure 11: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2004–05 to 2010–11

Figure 11: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2004–05 to 2010–11 

 

Figure 12: Extradition requests made to Australia, 2004–05 to 2010–11

Figure 12: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2004-05 to 2010-11 

 

Figure 13: Mutual assistance requests made by Australia, 2004–05 to 2010–11

Figure 13: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2004-05 to 2010-11 

 

Figure 14: Mutual assistance requests made to Australia, 2004–05 to 2010–11

Figure 14: Extradition requests made by Australia, 2004-05 to 2010-11 

International war crimes

Australia received and finalised one mutual assistance request from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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