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Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Section 158: Hostage-taking considerations

469.Subsection (1) repeals section 16 of the 2003 Act. Section 16 provides that, in Part 1 cases, a person’s extradition is barred if the territory requesting extradition is a party to the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, which was opened for signature at New York on 18 December 1979, and certain conditions apply. This ground of refusal is not included in the EAW Framework Decision and, as such, the repeal of section 16 of the 2003 Act will bring the law in the UK fully into line with the EAW Framework Decision.

470.Subsection (2) makes a consequential amendment to section 11(1), which lists the various bars to extradition, removing the reference to section 16. Subsection (3) sets out transitional arrangements for circumstances where a Part 1 warrant has been issued before section 158 is brought into force.

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