2nd Working Group Meeting, e-Extradition Initiative

5-6 December 2013, Paris, France

The aim of the e-extradition initiative is to develop technical and legal tools to significantly speed up and facilitate the transmission of extradition requests through INTERPOL’s secure communications channels.

The pilot project has focused on developing an online platform enabling participating countries to test the bilateral transmission of extradition requests.

The second Working Group Meeting was opened by INTERPOL President, Mireille Ballestrazzi, and brought together representatives from 20 Ministries of 10 countries (Algeria, Austria, Canada, Colombia, France, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania and Thailand).

Observers from the United States, the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime were also present and took part in deliberations.   

The meeting formally concluded the pilot phase of the project. It marked the transition from studying the feasibility of e-extradition to designing, developing and implementing the tools and services required to make the project a reality.

Why is e-extradition important?

INTERPOL Red Notices can be issued at the request of a member country to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action. While these Notices are transmitted electronically via secure police channels, the actual request for extradition is still largely dependent on traditional modes of communication – for example, postal mail or diplomatic pouch – which are less secure and less efficient.  

The e-extradition initiative aims to bridge this technical gap by standardizing and streamlining the transmission process while ensuring the absolute security and integrity of the information in transit, and respecting legal obligations and institutional practices.    

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