Lithuania and India will next week sign an extradition treaty, which envisages conditions and procedures of mutual handover of offenders.
© Vida Press

Under the treaty, persons will be extradited in cases of "attempting to escape justice after committing a crime in the other country or hiding from an imposed penalty," Audris Kutrevičius, spokesman for the Justice Ministry, told BNS.

"The treaty stipulates that extradition of citizens is impossible. Lithuania will not extradite Lithuanian citizens to India and India will not extradite Indian citizens to Lithuania," said Kutrevičius.

Endorsed by India's government earlier this week, the extradition treaty will be signed in Delhi next Monday by India's External Relations Minister Sushma Swaraj and Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office in charge of extradition says that there have been no cases so far when Lithuania would have to turn to India for extradition of a person for criminal prosecution.

"In light of the fact that more and more people travel to faraway countries, (the Prosecutor General's Office) sees signing of the treaty as needed and well-timed," Elena Martinonienė, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office, told BNS.

So far, Lithuania has extradition treaties with the United States and China. Extradition issues are envisaged in legal cooperation treaties with seven more countries.

Within the European Union (EU), offenders are extradited under the European Arrest Warrant, as an order issued by a judicial institution of one nation is valid throughout the community.

On Monday, the Lithuanian and Indian diplomacy chiefs will also sign a treaty on air communication.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Rasa Juknevičienė takes up the position of NATO PA President

On 24 September 2018, Rasa Juknevičienė , Head of the Seimas Delegation to the NATO PA, came to...

Pope arrives in Estonia

Pope Francis arrived in Estonia on Tuesday on the last leg of his trip to the three Baltic...

Lithuanian president leaves for UN Week in New York

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving on Tuesday for New York City to attend the...

Pope Francis bids farewell to Lithuania

Pope Francis on Tuesday morning bid farewell to Lithuania in a farewell ceremony at Vilnius Airport...

Lithuanian president praises pope for his courage to reform Church

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that Pope Francis , who is ending his Baltic tour on...