Extradition law to help ‘wanted’ people

ABU DHABI — Minister of Justice Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Daheri yesterday stated that the UAE authorities have received 63 requests for extradition of 36 people of 23 nationalities residing in the UAE.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Thu 16 Aug 2007, 8:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:55 AM

In a statement to Khaleej Times, he confirmed that the amended law stipulates that the decision to extradite criminals would depend on the decision of the competent court, instead of the attorney-general, as it was previously.

The minister added that this important amendment in the law allowed the person sentenced in a case, or due for extradition, to appeal the decision before the appellate court concerned.

He added that if the petitioner is not satisfied with the judgement he/she has the right to appeal to the Federal Supreme Court and if he/she is not satisfied with the apex court’s verdict, then an appeal could be made to the Minister of Justice who has been empowered by the amended law to take the final decision on an extradition request.

Al Daheri explained that the law amendment gives the ‘wanted’ person several opportunities to fight for his legal rights in order to defend him/herself against extradition.

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