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Guyana: Fugitive Offenders Act updated to allow greater cooperation on transnational crime and extradition requests


(News Source Guyana) The National Assembly on Monday passed the Fugitive Amendment Bill, with several changes that seek to increase cooperation between Guyana and other countries on the question of extradition.

In introducing the Bill to the House, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, noted that the Amendments are timely and necessary to combat organized and transnational crime.

The amended legislation deals with extradition and the improvement of the Government-to-Government process.

The Amended Bill also seeks to allow evidence adduced in another country into the record of Guyana, so that the presiding Magistrate can authenticate the evidence before him or her.

The Amendments also introduce a new provision to the existing laws, enabling the inclusion of records of evidence that would otherwise not be admissible.

Under Section 2 of the Principal Act, a fugitive offender is defined as a person who is accused or alleged to have been unlawfully at large after conviction of an extraditable offence committed under the jurisdiction of Guyana or any commonwealth or foreign territory and is/or suspected to be in any other country/territory other than the country in which the offence was committed or the person was convicted.

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