CHAPTER 09:03
EXTRADITION

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

 

   SECTION

 

 

 

PART I
Preliminary

 

   1.   Short title

 

   2.   Interpretation

 

 

 

PART II
General Provisions relating to Extradition

 

   3.   Application of Act

 

   4.   Declaration of designated countries

 

   5.   Discontinuance

 

   6.   Liability of criminal to surrender

 

   7.   Liability of accessories to be surrendered

 

   8.   Restrictions on surrender of criminals

 

 

 

PART III
Requests for Surrender, Warrants, etc. and Committal Proceedings

 

   9.   Request for surrender

 

   10.   Refusal to surrender where offence too trivial

 

   11.   Endorsement of warrant

 

   12.   Provisional warrant

 

   13.   Detention

 

   14.   Hearing of case and evidence

 

   15.   Committal and discharge of prisoner

 

   16.   Special procedure for committal

 

   17.   Report of committal to Minister

 

   18.   Appeal

 

 

 

PART IV
Surrender or Discharge of Fugitive Criminals

 

   19.   Consent order for surrender

 

   20.   Surrender or discharge of fugitive criminal

 

   21.   Discharge of persons apprehended

 

   22.   Transfer of fugitive criminal

 

 

 

PART V
Miscellaneous Provisions

 

   23.   Transit of persons through Botswana

 

   24.   Priority where two or more requests made

 

   25.   Trial of fugitive surrendered by another country to Botswana

 

   26.   Execution of warrant

 

   27.   Director of Public Prosecutions may appear

 

   28.   Regulations

 

   29.   Repeal and saving

 

Act 18, 1990,
Act 9, 1997,
Act 14, 2005.

An Act to re-enact with amendments the law relating to the extradition of persons accused or convicted of crimes committed within the jurisdiction of other countries.

[Date of Commencement: 2nd November, 1990]

PART I
Preliminary (ss 1-2)

 

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Extradition Act.

 

2.   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "arrangement" includes a convention, protocol, agreement, scheme or treaty;

   "designated country" means a requesting country which is declared as a designated country under section 4, and to which a fugitive criminal may be extradited even though there exists no arrangement between Botswana and that country.

   "fugitive criminal" means any person accused or convicted of an extradition crime committed within the jurisdiction of any other country who is in or is suspected of being in Botswana;

   "magistrate" means any person appointed as Magistrate Grade I or over in accordance with the Magistrates' Courts Act;

   "related offence" has the meaning assigned to it under section 7(2);

   "requesting country" means any country to which this Act applies which requests the surrender of a fugitive criminal;

   "warrant", in the case of any country, includes any judicial document authorising the arrest of a person accused or convicted of a crime.

   (2) Subject to the provisions of section 3, for the purposes of this Act "extradition crime" means a crime which, if committed within the jurisdiction of Botswana, would be an offence punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than two years or other greater penalty, and includes an offence of purely fiscal character.

PART II
General Provisions relating to Extradition (ss 3-8)

 

3.   Application of Act

   (1) Where an arrangement has been made with any country, with respect to the surrender to that country of any fugitive criminal, the Minister may, having regard to reciprocal provisions under the law of that country, by order published in the Gazette, direct that this Act shall apply in the case of that country subject to such conditions, exceptions and qualifications as may be specified in the order.

   (2) An order made under subsection (1) shall recite or embody the terms of the arrangement and shall not remain in force for any longer period than the arrangement.

   (3) Any order under subsection (1) may prescribe what crimes shall be deemed to be extradition crimes for the purposes of the order and this Act.

 

4.   Declaration of designated countries

   (1) For the purposes of this Act, and notwithstanding the provisions of section 3, the Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, declare any Commonwealth country to be a designated country.

   (2) An order made under subsection (1) may prescribe what crimes shall be deemed to be extradition crimes for the purposes of the order and of this Act, and may be made whether or not the designated country has made any provision for the extradition of any fugitive criminal from its territory to Botswana.

   (3) The Minister may revoke any order made under this section, or remove any country from the list of designated countries where he considers that it would be in the interest of Botswana to do so.

 

5.   Discontinuance

   If it appears to the Minister that the law of a country to which section 3 applies no longer contains reciprocal provisions or that an arrangement with any country referred to in the said section 3 is no longer in force, the Minister may by statutory instrument discontinue the application of this Act to that country.

 

6.   Liability of criminal to surrender

   Where this Act applies in the case of any country, every fugitive criminal of that country who is in or suspected of being in Botswana shall be liable to be apprehended and surrendered in the manner provided by this Act, whether the crime in respect of which the surrender is soug

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