extradition

noun
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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Two dozen other Catalan politicians are also facing trial; some are being held in prison, while a handful of others are fighting extradition. Raphael Minder And Christopher F. Schuetze, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Catalonia leader can be extradited, but not on the charge Spain wants," 13 July 2018 Two dozen other Catalan politicians are also facing trial; some are being held in prison, while a handful of others are fighting extradition. New York Times, "Ex-Catalonia Leader Can Be Extradited, but Not on the Charge Spain Wants," 12 July 2018 The suspect, Tai Zhi Cui, had fled Los Angeles for his native China, which has no extradition treaty with the United States. Cindy Chang, latimes.com, "An L.A. triple-murder suspect was tried in China, and his case could open the door for similar prosecutions," 5 May 2018 He was arrested in London in January and is fighting extradition to France. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Two ex-cops among 22 arrested in money laundering investigation," 28 Mar. 2018 More recently, another ex-leader, Alejandro Toledo, was believed to have fled to the U.S. and was then stopped from boarding a flight to Israel, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Peru, in February 2017. Bloomberg.com, "Peru Ex-President Stopped From Leaving Country Amid Scandal," 24 Mar. 2018 None of the eight defendants named in the indictment unsealed Tuesday in San Diego federal court were in custody and the U.S. doesn’t have an extradition treaty with China. Brian Melley, The Seattle Times, "Chinese intelligence officers charged in US aviation hacking," 30 Oct. 2018 He is being held at an Indiana jail, pending extradition. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Texas gymnastics coach arrested, accused of child sex abuse," 2 Aug. 2018 He was being held in Miami without bail, pending extradition to Chicago. Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Man suspected of stealing 2 diamonds worth $170K arrested before boarding plane to France," 25 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

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extradition

noun
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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