Extradition Act, 1965

Rule of specialty.

[Art. 14]

20.—(1) Extradition shall not be granted unless provision is made by the law of the requesting country or by the extradition agreement—

(a) that the person claimed shall not be proceeded against, sentenced or detained with a view to the carrying out of a sentence or detention order, or otherwise restricted in his personal freedom, for any offence committed prior to his surrender other than that for which his extradition is requested, except in the following cases—

(i) with the consent of the Minister, or

(ii) where that person, having had an opportunity to leave the territory of that country, has not done so within forty-five days of his final discharge in respect of the offence for which he was extradited or has returned to the territory of that country after leaving it, and

(b) that where the description of the offence charged in the requesting country is altered in the course of proceedings, he shall only be proceeded against or sentenced in so far as the offence under its new description is shown by its constituent elements to be an offence which would allow extradition.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (1), the fact that the law of the requesting country permits the taking of any measures necessary to remove the person from its territory or any measures necessary under its law, including proceedings by default, to prevent any legal effects of lapse of time shall not of itself prevent his extradition.

(3) The consent of the Minister shall not be given unless a request for consent is submitted by the requesting country, supported by the documents mentioned in section 25 and a legal record of any statement made by the extradited person in respect of the offence concerned.

(4) The consent of the Minister shall be given if the offence for which it is requested is itself one for which there is an obligation to grant extradition.