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Bolivia: Extradition
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Under Article 3 of the Penal Code, no person who is subject to the jurisdiction of Bolivian laws may be extradited to another nation except by an international treaty or reciprocal agreement. Article 44 of the Constitution empowers the executive to deliver to a foreign government, under a reciprocal agreement, any individual accused or indicted by the judges or tribunals of the foreign country, as long as it involves a crime committed in its territory and the extradition conforms to international treaties. Presented with an extradition request, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship will pass it to the Supreme Court of Justice to establish the procedure for the extradition. Although a 1901 Bolivia-United States treaty provides for extradition, it does not specifically mention narcotics offenses. Nevertheless, both countries are signatories to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which provides that narcotics offenses are to be considered covered by all extradition agreements between signatory nations.

Data as of December 1989

Last Updated: December 1989

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