Justice and State Department Officials Testify in Support of Proposed US-Korean Extradition Treaty

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Saturday, January 1, 2000
Bruce Zagaris
On October 20, 1999, before a session of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, representatives of the U.S. executive testified in support of the proposed extradition treaty between the U.S. and South Korea. Senator Rod Grams presided over the hearing. Mrs. Jamison S. Borek, Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, explained that the treaty was signed on June 9, 1998 and will help develop international law enforcement cooperation between the two countries. The treaty will complement the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the two governments, which entered into force in May 23, 1997. Most of the treaty’s provisions are those typically contained in other recently negotiated bilateral extradition treaties. An important feature is the definition of extraditable offense to include conduct that is punishable by imprisonment or deprivation of liberty for a period of one year or more in both states, or by a more severe penalty. Treaties negotiated before the 1970s typically provided for extradition only for offenses that appeared on a list contained in the instrument, a list which grew increasingly out of date as time passed. The new approach obviates the need to renegotiate treaties to cover new offenses in instances in which both states pass laws to address new types of criminal activity…[more]