Additional protocol on extradition ratified by State Duma
MOSCOW, February 17 (RAPSI) – Russian State Duma has ratified the Fourth Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition.
Protocol signed on February 24, 2015 in Strasburg introduces amendments for a number of provisions in the Convention in order to adapt it to modern requirements. The provisions are related to such issues as expiry of the limitation period, the order of registration of extradition requests and additional documents, the transit procedure and subsequent extradition of a person to a third country.
According to the protocol, request for extradition can’t be refused on the ground that a person may not be prosecuted or punished in the requested country because of lapse of time for potential crime.
Russia reserves the right not to apply this provision if extradition is related to a certain crime over which the country has jurisdiction itself or if Russian legislation prohibits extradition of a person because of lapse of time.
In addition, Russia reserves the right to request original documents or certified copies of the extradition request and of additional documents. Foreign countries are to be allowed transit of extradited person through Russian territory only if it meets the requirements established by the Russian legislation on extradition.