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Extradition From Israel

NCJ Number
International Criminal Police Review Issue: 373 Dated: (December 1983) Pages: 282-285
D Gouldman
Date Published
4 pages
The law and practice of the State of Israel are outlined with regard to the extradition of offenders who have fled to Israel.
The extradition process usually begins with a telegraphed request from a foreign police force for the preliminary arrest of a fugitive person charged with or convicted of a felony. A person arrested must be brought before a magistrate's court within 48 hours. The formal request for extradition is submitted by the embassy of the requesting country to Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If the Minister of Justice believes that a proper case exists, a district court hears the petition. The court must be satisfied that all the conditions of the extradition law have been met and that there is sufficient admissible evidence to justify bringing the wanted person to trial had the person committed the charged acts in Israel. The Minister of Justice must then decide whether to grant the extradition request. Extradition is granted only if the requesting nation and Israel have an agreement providing reciprocity in extradition. An Israeli national may not be extradited except for an offense committed prior to becoming a national. Extradition can be granted only if the person has been charged or convicted of a felony or some other specific extradition offense. The offense must be a criminal offense under the laws of the requesting state and an extradition offense under Israeli law. Every request must be accompanied by evidence showing a prima facie case against the offender.