Fewer judges are to be required to decide on extradition

Published: 2 May 2019 at 14.59

Updated: 2 May 2019 at 16.46

A person who is suspected, charged or convicted for a crime in another country and who is in Sweden can be extradited to the other country under certain conditions. When the Supreme Court examines such cases, the law requires that at least five members of the Court participate in the decision. The Government considers that the participation of three members of the Court is sufficient, since cases regarding aliens are not usually complicated and only in extremely rare cases lead to the establishment of a precedent.

In the case of coercive measures in connection with an extradition case, for example if the person in question shall be taken into custody, the Supreme Court shall itself decide how many members of the Court are to participate in the decision. The Government also considers that three members of the Court are sufficient when the Supreme Court decides in cases that concern such situations as enforcing criminal judgments abroad.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposed legislative amendments. The amendments will come into force on 1 July 2019.