x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Extradition agreement in works between UAE and Indonesia

An extradition treaty between the UAE and Indonesia is being drafted at a conference in the capital.

ABU DHABI // An extradition treaty between the UAE and Indonesia is being drafted at a conference in the capital. Officials from both countries met yesterday for the start of the three-day conference organised by the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of the Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and representatives from Interpol participated.

The treaty will be examined by both countries after the conference. Talks started last year as justice officials from the UAE travelled to Singapore and Malaysia to meet with their counterparts. The agreement would allow for somebody facing criminal charges to be deported from one country to the other. Extradition would apply strictly in criminal cases. The UAE has in the past year worked on extradition deals with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Germany and Thailand.

Although many of the recipient countries signed the extradition agreements, their laws prohibit the extradition of a criminal to a country where the death penalty is sought. In this case, the host country is required to pursue its own trial. myoussef@thenational.ae