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TREATY between Great Britain and Servia, for the Mutual
Surrender of Fugitive Criminals.- Signed at Belgrale, November 23, 1900.*
[Ratifications exchanged at Belgrade, February 28, 1901.]
HER Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britiain and Ireland, Empress of India, and His Majesty the King of Servia, having judged it expedient, with a view to the better administration of justice and to the prevention of crime within their respective territories, that persons charged or convicted of the crimes hereinafter enumerated, and being fugitives from justice, should, under certain circumstances, be reciprocally delivered up; the said High Contracting Parties have named as their Plenipotentiaries to conclude a Treaty for this purpose, that is to say:
Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India, Sir George Francis Bonham, a Baronet of the United Kingdom, her Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the King of Servia; and
His Majesty the King of Servia, his Excellency M. Alexa S. Jovanovič, his President of the Council of Ministers, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Member of the Council of State, Grand Officer of the Order of Milosh the Great, Grand Cross of the Order of Takovo, Officer of the Order of the White Eagle, Commander of the Order of St. Sava, Grand Cross of the Order of Osmanien, &c.;
Who, having communicated to each other their respective full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon and concluded the following Articles :
ART. I. The High Contracting Parties engage to deliver up to each other those persons who, being accused or convicted of a crime or offence committed in the territory of the oue Party, shall be found within the territory of the other Party, under the circumstances and conditions stated in the present Treaty.
II. The crimes or offences for wbich extradition is to be granted are the following :
1. Murder, or attempt, or conspiracy to murder; 2. Manslaughter;
3. Assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Maliciously wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm.
4. Counterfeiting or altering money, or uttering counterfeit or
Signed also in the Servian language.
5. Knowingly making any instrument, tool, or engine adapted and intended for counterfeiting coin.
6. Forgery, counterfeiting, or altering, or uttering what is forged, or counterfeited, or altered;
7. Embezzlement or larceny;
8. Malicious injury to property, by explosives or otherwise, if the offence be indictable;
9. Obtaining money, goods, or valuable securities by false pretences;
10. Receiving money, valuable security, or other property, knowing the same to have been stolen, embezzled, or unlawfully obtained;
11. Crimes against bankruptcy law;
12. Fraud by a bailee, banker, agent, factor, trustee, or Director, or member, or public officer of any Company, made criminal by any law for the time being in force ;
13. Perjury, or subornation of perjury; 14. Rape;
15. Carnal knowledge, or any attempt to have carnal knowledge, of a girl under 14 years of age ;
16. Indecent assault;
17. Procuring miscarriage, administering drugs, or using instruments, with intent to procure the miscarriage of a woman;
20. Abandoning children, exposing or unlawfully detaining tbem;
21. Kidnapping and false imprisonment;
25. Any malicious act done with intent to endanger the safety of any person in a railway train;
26. Threats by letter, or otherwise, with intent to extort; 27. Piracy by law of nations ;
28. Sinking or destroying a vessel at sea, or attempting or conspiring to do so ;
29. Assaults on board a ship on the high seas, with intent to destroy life, or do grievous bodily harm;
30. Revolt, or conspiracy to revolt, by two or more persons on board a ship on the high seas against the authority of the master.
31. Dealing in slaves.
Extradition is also to be granted for participation in any of the aforesaid crimes, provided such participation be punishable by the laws of both the Contracting Parties.
III. Either Government may, in its absolute discretion, refuse to deliver up its own subjects to the other Government.
IV. The extradition shall not take place if the person claimed bas already been tried and discharged or punished, or is still under trial, within the territories of the two High Contracting Parties respectively, for the crime for which his extradition is demanded.
If the person claimed should be under examination, or is undergoing sentence under a conviction for any other crime within the territories of the two High Contracting Parties respectively, his extradition shall be deferred until after he has been discharged, whether by acquittal or on the expiration of bis sentence, or otherwise.
V. The extradition shall not take place if, subsequently to the commission of the crime, or the institution of the penal prosecution or the conviction thereon, exemption from prosecution or punishment has been acquired by lapse of time, according to the laws of the State applied to.
VI. A fugitive criminal shall not be surrendered if the offence in respect of which his surrender is demanded is one of a political character, or if he prove that the requisition for his surrender has in fact been made with a view to try or punish him for an offence of a political character.
VII. A person surrendered can in no case be kept in prison, or be brought to trial in the State to which the surrender has been made, for any other crime, or on account of any other matters than those for which the extradition shall have taken place, until he has been restored or had an opportunity of returning to the State by which he bas been surrendered.
This stipulation does not apply to crimes committed after the extradition.
VIII. The requisition for extradition sball be made through the Diplomatic Agents of the High Contracting Parties respectively.
The requisition for the extradition of the accused person must be accompanied by a warrant of arrest issued by the competent authority of the State requiring the extradition, and by such evidence as, according to the laws of the place where the accused is found, would justify his arrest if the crime had been committed tbere.
If the requisition relates to a person already convicted, it must be accompanied by the sentence of condemnation passed against the convicted person by the competent Court of the State that makes the requisition for extradition.
A sentence passed in contumaciam is not to be deemed a conviction, but a person so sentenced may be dealt with as an accused person.
IX. If the requisition for extradition be in accordance with the
foregoing stipulations, the competent authorities of the State applied to shall proceed to the arrest of the fugitive.
X. If the fugitive has been arrested in the British dominious, he shall forthwith be brought before a competent Magistrate, who is to examine him and to conduct the preliminary investigation of the case, just as if the apprehension had taken place for a crime committed in the British dominions.
In the examinations which they have to make in accordance with the foregoing stipulations, the authorities of the British dominions shall admit as valid evidence the sworu depositions or affirmations of witnesses taken in Servia, or copies thereof, and likewise the warrants and sentences issued therein, and certificates of, or judicial documents stating the fact of, a conviction, provided the same are authenticated as follows:
1. A warrant must purport to be signed by a Judge, Magistrate, or Judicial Officer of Police of Servia.
2. Depositions or affirmations, or the copies thereof, must purport to be certified under the band of a Judge, Magistrate, or Judicial Officer of Police of Servia, to be the original depositions or affirmations, or to be the true copies thereof, as the case may require.
3. A certificate of, or judicial document stating the fact of, a conviction must purport to be certified by a Judge, Magistrate, or Judicial Officer of Police of Servia.
4. In every case such warrant, deposition, affirmation, copy, certificate, or judicial document, must be authenticated either by the oath of some witness, or by being sealed with the official seal of the Minister of Justice or of Foregin Affairs of Servia ; but any other mode of authentication for the time being permitted by the law in that part of the British dominions where the examination is taken substituted for the foregoing.
XI. On the part of the Servian Government the extradition shall take place as follows in Servia :
The Minister or other Diplomatic Agent of Her Britannic Majesty in Servia shall send to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in support of each demand for extradition, an authentic and duly legalized copy either of a certificate of condemnation, or of a warrant of arrest against an incriminated or accused person, showing clearly the nature of the crime or offence on account of which proceedings are being taken against the fugitive. The judicial document so produced shall be accompanied by a description and other particulars serving to establish the identity of the person whose extradition is claimed.
In case the documents produced by the British Government to establish the identity, and the particulars gathered by the Servian police authorities for the same purpose, should be deemed to be insufficient, notice thereof shall forth with be given to the Minister or
other Diplomatic Agent of Her Britannic Majesty in Servia, and the individual whose extradition is desired, if he has been arrested, shall remain in detention until the British Government has produced new elements of proof to establish his identity, or to clear up any other difficulties arising in the examination.
XII. The extradition shall not take place unless the evidence be found sufficient according to the laws of the State applied to, either to justify the committal of the prisoner for trial, in case the crime had been committed in the territory of the said State, or to prove that the prisoner is the identical person convicted by the Courts of the State which makes the requisition, and that the crime of which he has been convicted is one in respect of which extradition could, at the time of such conviction have been granted by the State applied to. In Her Britannic Majesty's dominions the fugitive criminal shail not be surrendered until the expiration of fifteen days from the date of his being committed to prison to await bis surrender.
XIII. If the individual claimed by one of the two High Contracting Parties in pursuance of the present Treaty should be also claimed by one or several other Powers, on account of other crimes or offences committed upon their respective territories, bis extradition shall be granted to that State whose demand is earliest in date.
XIV. If sufficient evidence for the extradition be not produced within two months from the date of the appreheusion of the fugitive, or within such further time as the State applied to, or the proper Tribunal thereof, sball direct, the fugitive shall be set at liberty.
XV. All articles seized which were in the possession of the person to be surrendered, at the time of his apprehension, shall, if the competent authority of the State applied to for the extradition has ordered the delivery thereof, be given up when the extradition takes place, and the said delivery shall extend not merely to the stolen articles, but to everything that may serve as a proof of the crime.
XVI. All expenses connected with extradition shall be borne by the demanding State.
XVII. The stipulations of the present Treaty shall be applicable to the Colonies and foreign possessions of Her Britannic Majesty, so far as the laws for the time being in force in such Colonies and foreign possessions respectively will allow.
The requisition for the surrender of a fugitive criminal, who has taken refuge in any such Colonies or foreign possessions, may be made to the Governor or chief authority of such Colony or possession by any person authorized to act in such Colony or possession as a Consular officer of Servia.
Such requisitions may be disposed of, subject always, as nearly as