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International extradition is where another country has charged you with a criminal offence and they want the Australian Government to hand you over to them. You can be extradited from Australia if you’re a citizen, permanent resident or have a temporary visa.
International extraditions are quite complex and can often involve treaties or mutual assistance arrangements between the two countries. The process can be lengthy and often includes:
- The Attorney General receiving an extradition request from the other country;
- The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Federal Police reviewing the request; and
- The other country providing information about the request including any warrants.
If the extradition request is approved, the Australian Federal Police will arrest you and take you into custody. You are allowed to receive legal advice at this time and may still be able to appeal against the order.
This entire process can take months or even years.