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Policing and Crime Act 2009

Section 71 Person charged with offence or serving sentence of imprisonment

348.There are occasions where a person’s extradition is sought from the UK while that person is facing criminal proceedings or serving a custodial sentence in the UK. This section amends various provisions of the Extradition Act 2003 so as to make it clear that where consideration of an extradition request is deferred in order to allow domestic proceedings to be concluded or a UK prison sentence to be served, consideration of the extradition request should recommence once the person is released from detention pursuant to any sentence imposed.

349.Subsections (2) and (4) amend sections 22(3) and 88(3) of the Extradition Act 2003 respectively. These amendments mean that where the appropriate judge adjourns an extradition hearing on the grounds that the subject of the extradition request has been charged with an offence in the UK, the extradition hearing will not resume until the person is released from detention pursuant to the sentence (whether on licence or otherwise). This is to avoid any suggestion that the provisions should be interpreted so that the extradition hearing will stand adjourned until any licence period has been completed.

350.Subsections (3) and (5) amend section 23 and 89 of the Extradition Act 2003 respectively so as to make it clear that where a judge adjourns an extradition hearing on the basis that the subject of the extradition request is serving a sentence of imprisonment in the UK, the extradition hearing will not be resumed until the person is released from detention pursuant to the sentence (whether on licence or otherwise).

351.Subsection (6) amends section 97(3) of the Extradition Act 2003 to make it clear that the Secretary of State should not make a decision on an extradition request under Part 2 of that Act until a person charged with an offence in the UK and subsequently sentenced to a term of imprisonment or another form of detention is released from detention pursuant to the sentence (whether on licence or otherwise).

352.Subsection (7) amends section 98 of the Extradition Act 2003 to make it clear that where the Secretary of State has decided to defer making a decision on extradition in a Part 2 case on the grounds that the person in question is in custody, this decision will stand deferred until the person in question is released from detention pursuant to a sentence (whether on licence or otherwise).

353.Subsection (8) amends section 102(3) of the Extradition Act 2003 so as to make it clear that where the Secretary of State has deferred making a decision on extradition under section 97(3) or 98(2) the “appropriate day” from which the time for making a decision on extradition is calculated is the day upon which the subject of the extradition request is released from detention pursuant to a sentence (whether on licence or otherwise).

354.Subsection (9) makes a minor amendment to section 197A of the Extradition Act 2003 to ensure that the language used there is consistent with the language used in the sections of the 2003 Act as amended by the other provisions of this section.

355.Subsection (10) inserts a subsection (6A) into section 216 of the Extradition Act 2003 to make it clear that reference in the Extradition Act 2003 to releasing a person from detention pursuant to a sentence does not include releasing a person temporarily on licence pursuant to an intermittent custody order.

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