Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, who is in France on a visit, has signed the Additional Protocol to the 1957 European Convention on Extradition which simplifies the procedure of extraditing suspected criminals, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office told Interfax.
Chaika signed the Additional Protocol at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg on behalf of the Russian Federation in compliance with President Vladimir Putin's instructions, the press service said.
"The Protocol was drawn up as part of the work to implement Russia's initiative to upgrade the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters with active participation of representatives of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office," it said in a statement.
"The Protocol introduces several amendments to the 1957 convention which are expected to make cooperation on extradition faster and more effective. For instance, while dealing with extradition matters the requested party can disregard the limitation period envisioned in the national legislation in contrast to current Article 10 under which both the requested and requesting parties must take the limitation period into account," the Prosecutor General's Office said.
Other provisions of the Protocol "aim to ease the formalities while drawing up and sending out requests for a person's extradition and transit, and create a legal background for the use of electronic means of communication while sending out extradition requests."
"The initiative proposed by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office has been joined by 12 countries, including Austria, Britain, Italy Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden," it said.
After the signing ceremony Chaika met with the Council of Europe's Director General for Human Rights and Rule of Law Philippe Boillat to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between the Russian Prosecutor General's Office and the Council's of Europe's relevant agencies in guaranteeing the rule of law, fighting crime and defending human rights, the press service said.
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