Tomorrow in Ukraine comes into force a law providing for a change in procedure for extradition of offenders

Завтра в Украине вступает в силу закон, предусматривающий изменение процедуры экстрадиции нарушителей

In Ukraine tomorrow, on 4 October, will come into force a law that amends the procedure of extradition of offenders (2577-VIII). Today the document was published in the parliamentary newspaper “Voice of Ukraine”.

“The law shall enter into force on the day following the day of its publication”, – it says.

Note, the document focuses on implementation in the Ukrainian legislation of the provisions of the Third additional Protocol and the Fourth additional Protocol to the European Convention on extradition.

They, in particular, changes the procedure of extradition from Ukraine of those wanted by other States for investigation in a criminal case or the execution of the sentence. The detainee can ask for a simplified procedure of extradition to another state in connection with international wanted list – without waiting for formal extradition request.

In addition, the detainee will provide an opportunity to abandon the use of special rules regarding the limits of criminal liability of the extradited person.

Note, the so-called “ad hoc rule” or “rule of specialty” allows the state to which the detainee will be extradited to attract a person to criminal liability or to execute the sentence of the court only for those crimes for which the extradition was carried out.

It is expected that the result of these changes, detainees will be less time to be detained on the territory of Ukraine.

However, a simplified procedure for extradition will not apply in the case of imposition of criminal liability or punishment on the territory of Ukraine, if there is reason to believe that the results may be contrary to the interests of national security of Ukraine, or that the person sought is a citizen of Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada approved the relevant document on October 2 this year.

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