ex·​tra·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce extradition (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Fears of just that drove hundreds of thousands, some say millions, of people of all ages and classes into the streets to protest against an extradition bill last year. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump is taking the 2020 election to a dark place," 26 June 2020 For the last year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sat in a London jail awaiting extradition to the US. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "An Embattled Group of Leakers Picks Up the WikiLeaks Mantle," 26 June 2020 The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said the two capital murder suspects in the killing of seven people in Valhermoso Springs on June 4 have waived extradition from Oregon to Alabama. al, "Suspects in 7 homicides won’t fight return to Alabama," 25 June 2020 Assange was arrested last year after being evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and is at the center of an ongoing extradition tussle over whether he should be sent to the United States. USA TODAY, "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces new indictment in US," 24 June 2020 The move came almost a year after huge protests first erupted in the city against an extradition bill, and more broadly, China’s steady dismantling of the city’s freedoms. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The leader of Hong Kong is in the dark about the law that will change Hong Kong forever," 23 June 2020 The charges against Spavor and Kovrig are seen as retaliation for last month’s ruling by a Canadian court saying Meng’s extradition to the U.S. could move forward. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "'Politically motivated': Pompeo demands China release two Canadians charged with espionage," 22 June 2020 The arrest of Meng has further strained relations between the United States and China -- again amplified after a Canadian judge ruled last month that the case against Meng’s extradition could proceed to the next stages. Fox News, "Canadian detainees face charges of spying against the Chinese government," 20 June 2020 Three days after the march, protesters stormed a road near the Legislative Council to keep the extradition bill from being read. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020

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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

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The first known use of extradition was in 1810

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1 Jul 2020

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“Extradition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradition. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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ex·​tra·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce extradition (audio) \

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.”

History and Etymology for extradition

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

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