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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His first act was to fly to Berlin for talks with Mr Puigdemont, who is fighting extradition from Germany on charges relating to the October events that range from rebellion to misuse of public funds. The Economist, "Catalonia’s new president is a secessionist, like the previous one," 17 May 2018 He was indicted Thursday in the United States on charges of fraud and conspiracy, but Germany’s constitution forbids extradition of its citizens except to another European Union state or to an international tribunal. BostonGlobe.com, "Legal troubles continue for ex-Volkswagen CEO," 7 May 2018 Jack Taylor/Getty Images Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has been hiding out in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition, is likely to face federal charges in the US — if he hasn’t been secretly charged already. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A government secret Julian Assange wants no part of," 17 Nov. 2018 Assange has also expressed fear that turning himself in would lead to his extradition to the United States—a fear that now appears to be well-founded. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Cut-and-paste error apparently reveals federal charges against Assange," 16 Nov. 2018 Egypt is likely to seek his extradition to stand trial. Rami Musa, The Seattle Times, "Libyan forces capture fugitive Egyptian militant," 8 Oct. 2018 Martinelli had deployed a team of lawyers to avoid extradition. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Former Panama president extradited from U.S. to face corruption charges," 11 June 2018 He was arrested in October 2015 by federal agents to face extradition. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Irish bank chief who was extradited from Mass. has been found guilty of fraud," 6 June 2018 Both are being held at La Picota prison in Bogota, where Colombian drug traffickers are held, and face extradition to Miami. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Colombian Extraditon 05 18," 18 May 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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