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HK, Ireland sign offender surrender pact
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11:30, October 06, 2007

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Hong Kong and Ireland signed a bilateral agreement Friday on the surrender of fugitive offenders, the 17th of its kind the Chinese special administrative region has signed with other regions or countries.

The bilateral pact could help "strengthen Hong Kong's capacity to deny safe haven to criminals", the Hong Kong SAR government said in a press release.

The agreement sets out the conditions for the surrender of fugitive offenders between the two and contains the usual safeguards of similar international agreements, which cover critical issues such as double criminality, death penalty, political offenses, prima facie as well as the specialty rule.

It also provides for protection against re-surrender of an offender to a third jurisdiction.

The agreement was signed Friday by Hong Kong's Secretary for Justice Wong Yan Lung and Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Brian Lenihan. It will come into force 30 days after both parties have notified each other that their respective requirements for effecting the agreement have been complied with.

Source: Xinhua

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