Definition of extradite in English:



[with object]
  • Hand over (a person accused or convicted of a crime) to the jurisdiction of the foreign state in which the crime was committed.

    ‘Brazil refused to extradite him to Britain’
    • ‘The constitution or the laws of many civil law countries lay down the principle that nationals may not be extradited for prosecution abroad.’
    • ‘None of the hundreds of other people charged in absentia with similar crimes has ever been extradited to East Timor.’
    • ‘There was evidence that he could not be extradited to Italy, and his plea was rejected.’
    • ‘While he was here, the government of Spain sought to extradite him to stand trial for conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to torture, and hostage taking.’
    • ‘Foreign defendants tend to be extradited to their country of origin.’
    • ‘The only countries whose policy is not to extradite refused asylum seekers are Greece and Italy.’
    • ‘Under the warrant, police in any member state can request that any other EU country extradite someone suspected of committing a crime.’
    • ‘One of America's toughest cops is lashing out at the judicial system in Ireland after that country refused to extradite an accused pedophile priest.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is true that no formal application was made by the United Kingdom to extradite the applicant to that country.’
    • ‘What would happen if the Thai authorities sought to extradite him?’
    • ‘He was subsequently extradited to Poland, where he was tried, found guilty and hanged.’
    • ‘Accordingly, it is said it would be oppressive to extradite the applicant to France.’
    • ‘Anyone complicit in crimes against humanity should be extradited to the relevant jurisdiction to stand trial.’
    • ‘It is believed that Norfolk is the first Trading Standards Department to extradite a convicted criminal from abroad.’
    • ‘As a result of the information provided by Mr B, this inmate was extradited to South Australia to face a charge of murder.’
    • ‘However, various international instruments impose an obligation on States to extradite suspects accused of certain crimes if requested.’
    • ‘Now Mr Sutcliffe could be prosecuted in Canada, but would they go to the extent of extraditing a person accused of a relatively minor offence?’
    • ‘Miss Dobbin submitted that the question for this court is whether, by reason of the passage of time, it would be unjust or oppressive to extradite the appellant.’
    • ‘In any event, legal agreements with some of the countries from which the accused men had been extradited would have prevented execution.’
    • ‘Should he be extradited to Spain to stand trial for the grave crimes of which he is accused?’
    deport, hand over, send back, send home, repatriate, expel, banish
    have someone deported, request the extradition of, have someone handed over, have someone sent back, have someone sent home, bring back
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Mid 19th century: back-formation from extradition.