Friday, 27 June 2008

Govt 'should monitor extraditions closely'

A federal parliamentary committee has called for Australia to check on what happens to people who are extradited overseas.

The Federal Treaties Committee says Australia's responsibility should not end once a person is extradited from the country.

The committee wants the Federal Government to develop a system of monitoring the detention process, judicial proceedings, sentencing and imprisonment of any extradited person.

The committee chairman, Labor MP Kelvin Thomson, says Australia has a moral obligation to keep track of extradited people.

"There is currently no formal monitoring system for extradited persons, so we don't know what happens to them afterwards," he said.

The committee says a formal monitoring process would better protect human rights concerning extradition arrangements.

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