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Extradition Bill—Bill 138

Volume 202: debated on Monday 4 July 1870

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( Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Solicitor General.)

Committee

Bill considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 (Restrictions on surrender of criminals).

said, he would beg to move an Amendment to meet the views of the hon. Member for Finsbury (Mr. W. M. Torrens)—namely, in page 2, line 3, leave out sub-division 1, and insert—

"A fugitive criminal shall not be surrendered if the offence in respect of which his surrender is demanded is one of a political character, or if he prove to the satisfaction of the police magistrate or the Court before whom he is brought on habeas corpus, or to the Secretary of State, that the requisition for his surrender has, in fact, been made with a view to try or punish him for an offence of a political character."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

said, that the expediency of including fraudulent bankruptcy in the list of offences in the first Schedule having been questioned, he would consider before the Be-port whether the words "crimes of bank- rupts against the Bankruptcy Law," in line 16, should be retained.

Amendment proposed, in Schedule, page 11, line 27, to leave out "or municipal law."—( Mr. Vernon Harcourt.)

Amendment agreed to.

House resumed.

Bill reported; as amended, to be considered upon Monday next.