What is the link between extradition and mutual assistance?
Extradition is the process by which one country detains and delivers a person accused of committing a crime to a law enforcement agency of another country, so that the person may face criminal charges.
Mutual Assistance refers to the process of sharing evidence about criminal investigations or prosecutions between countries. The information gathered from such investigations can be used as the basis for an extradition request.
This article provides an overview of the numbers of extradition and mutual assistance requests made and received during the 2016–17 financial year, as provided by the Attorney General’s Department.
Extradition requests made by Australia
During the 2016–17 financial year Australia made 7 new extradition requests to other countries.
Additionally, there were:
- 20 requests carried forward
- 20 requests continuing
- 1 request otherwise finalised
A total of 6 extradition requests were granted to Australia during the period: