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Extradition Law to Be Revised

A draft on Extradition Law was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, for deliberation Monday morning.

Compared to the original draft, the draft law introduces "no extradition for political crime," an internationally accepted practice, to replace "no extradition for political misconduct."

The revision aims at conforming to the commitment China made in extradition treaties with some foreign countries.

As for the heatedly debated issue of who has the final say in extradition case, the draft lays down that the State Council or department it authorizes when necessary determines whether to extradite or not.

The people's court is responsible for examination procedures, but in the meantime, it should take the people's procuratorate's proposal into consideration.

According to the draft law, the extradition between China and foreign countries should be conducted in accordance with the extradition law, or the extradition treaties between the two countries except the articles China claims to reserve.

(People's Daily 10/23/2000)

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