03.22.07

Seychelles in the process of preparing bilateral extradition treaty

Posted in Bilateral Treaties, International relations at 1:27 pm by Robert Klien

The Seychelles is preparing a bilateral extradition treaty with Czech Republic. If everything goes well, the treaty could be ratified and come into effect in approximately 6 months.

In accordance with the Check Justice Ministry, a new draft bilateral extradition treaty that has been signed between the Republic of Seychelles and Czech Republic could give the Czech government the legal powers necessary or finally extraditing fugitive and alleged mob boss Radovan Krejčíř home for trial.

On February 26, 2007, a Czech delegation returned home from a trip to the Seychelles where drafting an extradition treaty between the 2 countries was successfully completed.

Check Justice Ministry confirmed that the trip was a joint effort of the experts from the Republic of Seychelles and from Czech Republic, however no names, ranks and numbers of participants were disclosed. As a result of diplomatic negotiations, the draft was signed.

Krejčíř fled his homeland, Czech Republic, in 2005 while police were searching his Prague home. Later, he told the media that state attorney Jaroslav Dolejší had helped him to escape providing him with a passport. An investigation into the bungled police operation shelved in February 2006 had revealed no charges. Krejčíř is accused of numerous crimes; there is defrauding the government of nearly 3 billion Kč in customs fees and plotting the murder of a customs officer among them. He is also involved in another criminal investigation related to the 2002 kidnapping and disappearance of Lambert Krejčíř, his father.

Krejčíř has lived in the Seychelles since 2006. Efforts to bring Krejčíř to justice have been troubled by his Seychelles citizenship, which he purportedly bought in 1996. The bilateral extradition treaty could get the criminal to be extradited. However, this is not guaranteed as the draft contains the Seychelles’ right to refuse the extradition.

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