153Return of person acquitted or not triedE+W+S+N.I.
(1)This section applies if—
(a)a person is accused in the United Kingdom of the commission of an offence;
(c)the condition in subsection (2) or the condition in subsection (3) is satisfied.
(2)The condition is that—
(a)proceedings against the person for the offence are not begun before the end of the required period, which is 6 months starting with the day on which the person arrives in the United Kingdom on his extradition, and
(b)before the end of the period of 3 months starting immediately after the end of the required period the person asks the Secretary of State to return him to the territory from which he was extradited.
(3)The condition is that—
(a)at his trial for the offence the person is acquitted or is discharged under any of the provisions specified in subsection (4), and
(b)before the end of the period of 3 months starting immediately after the date of his acquittal or discharge the person asks the Secretary of State to return him to the territory from which he was extradited.
(4)The provisions are—
(a)section 12(1) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (c. 6);
(b)section 246(1), (2) or (3) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46);
(c)Article 4(1) of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/3160 (N.I. 24)).
(5)The Secretary of State must arrange for him to be sent back, free of charge and with as little delay as possible, to the territory from which he was extradited to the United Kingdom in respect of the offence.
(6)If the accusation in subsection (1)(a) relates to the commission of an offence in Scotland, subsections (2)(b), (3)(b) and (5) apply as if the references to the Secretary of State were references to the Scottish Ministers.
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