At a recent international seminar for law enforcement, the Director of the FBI referred to his agency as THE global law enforcement agency. The FBI takes a very aggressive extra-territorial approach to their criminal cases.
Extradition refers to the formal process by which an individual is delivered from the country where he is located, the requested country, to the requesting country, in order to face criminal prosecution, or if already convicted, to serve a sentence. The participants in extradition are therefore the two countries and the individual who is the subject of the proceedings.
Our firm challenges international extradition cases where the FBI or other U.S. federal law enforcement agencies seek to extradite any person, located anywhere in the world, based on allegations that a U.S. federal criminal statute has been violated. The firm fights international extradition requests whether the U.S. is the requesting or requested country.
We also have experience in dealing with Interpol, and understand the inter-relationship that Interpol’s “Red Notice” brings to bear on International Extradition matters. For information regarding Interpol, go here.
The firm’s global practice has included cases involving United Kingdom (London), Kuwait, Greece, Poland, Mozambique, Netherlands, Bahamas, Liechtenstein, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Costa Rica, Taiwan, France, Finland, Mexico, Hungary, Canada, Japan, Netherland Antilles, Rwanda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The United States currently has extradition treaties in force with over 120 countries.
Whether there is an extradition treaty in place or not, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that it is legally proper for a U.S. federal agent to kidnap an individual from a foreign country, even if in contravention of that country’s local law. The kidnapping is not the basis for dismissal of the U.S. charges. Tricking, lying, and deceiving by federal agents is also allowed.