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Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

New Section 4A of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984:  Issue of warrant transferring responsibility for detention and release of offender

573.This new section provides for a relevant Minister to issue a warrant transferring responsibility for the continued enforcement of a sentence to the United Kingdom, or from the United Kingdom to another State, where the sentenced person has escaped or absconded from lawful custody and fled to another country. The purpose of this warrant is to prevent a prisoner from escaping the fulfilment of his sentence by removing himself to another country, and powers and processes in respect of the section 4A warrant mirror those already in place under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 in respect of a warrant for the physical transfer of a sentenced person.

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