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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While separatists had hoped Mr. Puigdemont could avoid extradition altogether, Thursday’s decision is likely to invigorate Catalonia’s pro-independence forces. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "German Court Authorizes Extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s Former Leader," 12 July 2018 And Dotcom has now managed to drag that process out for more than six years by fighting extradition in the New Zealand courts. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "NZ court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US on copyright charges," 5 July 2018 The founder of an alleged piracy website fighting extradition from New Zealand to America failed in a bid to drag former U.S. President Barack Obama before a judge this week over a damages claim linked to his now-obsolete online service. Jason Murdock, Newsweek, "Megaupload: Kim Dotcom Tried to Subpoena Barack Obama to Help Block Extradition to U.S.," 21 Mar. 2018 Most importantly, the U.S. government did nothing to bring Deisernia to the U.S. after Argentina denied extradition, Rendon said. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Accused Argentinian arms dealer charged in 2003 asks federal judge to toss his case," 7 Feb. 2018 According to a news release from the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, Rouse will be housed at the Chicago Police Department until his extradition to Macomb County. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Mount Clemens block-party murder suspect arrested at outside Chicago," 7 July 2018 Six years later, Hubel was summoned to the federal court in Atlanta after the Belgium government demanded his extradition for three diamond thefts in 2008, 2009 and 2010. 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 The Modi administration is seeking his extradition from the U.K. Under the new bankruptcy code, cases must be resolved within 270 days—otherwise the firms are pushed into liquidation. Iain Marlow, Bloomberg.com, "India’s Push to Fast-Track Bankruptcies," 26 June 2018 Six of the men charged in Lesandro’s death declined to challenge their extraditions at a Tuesday hearing in Paterson, N.J. Hours later, the police announced the arrest of a new suspect, Elvin Garcia, in the Bronx. New York Times, "Gang ‘Hunting’ for Rivals Is Said to Have Mistakenly Killed Teenager," 26 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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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.”

History and Etymology for extradition

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

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