ex·tra·di·tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən \

Definition of extradition 

: the surrender of an alleged criminal usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one authority (such as a state) to another having jurisdiction to try the charge

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Flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his former colleagues have lost their latest bid to avoid extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges. Nick Perry, USA TODAY, "Kim Dotcom loses latest legal bid to avoid US extradition," 5 July 2018 More on WorldViews: A Catalan leader will avoid extradition from Germany on rebellion charges. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A Baltimore professor was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack and then German police punched him," 13 July 2018 Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost the latest round in his long-running battle to avoid extradition to the U.S. and will now take his case to New Zealand’s highest court. Fortune, "Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Is Now One Step From Being Extradited to the U.S. for His Huge Copyright Infringement Trial," 5 July 2018 Chilean officials are seeking the extradition of a tenth former soldier, retired Lt. Eva Vergara, USA TODAY, "Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara after 1973 coup," 5 July 2018 The two countries are at loggerheads over issues including the extradition of Turkish coup suspects and the return of two Greek soldiers who’ve been held without charge for months. Ethan Bronner, Bloomberg.com, "Inside the Thwarted Venezuelan Military Coup," 28 June 2018 Rivers is being held on a $2 million bond pending extradition to Connecticut. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "New Haven Man Arrested In North Carolina In Connection With April Murder," 1 May 2018 Cardenas is currently awaiting extradition and being held on a $2 million bond, Smith said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Police: Suspect in Glendale shootings arrested after fleeing to Texas," 13 July 2018 An extradition hearing to bring Hubel back to Chicago is set for July 10. Paige Fry And Rosemary Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "How 2 diamonds worth nearly $160,000 were stolen in plain sight from Jewelers Row," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of extradition

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extradition

French, from ex- + Latin tradition-, traditio act of handing over — more at treason

French, from Latin ex- out + traditio act of handing over, from tradere to hand over

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ex·tra·di·tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən \

Legal Definition of extradition 

: the surrender of an accused usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one sovereign (as a state or nation) to another that has jurisdiction to try the accused and that has demanded his or her return — see also asylum state — compare detainer, rendition

Note: Article IV of the U.S. Constitution states: “A person charged in any State with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another State, shall on demand of the executive authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime.”

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