Double criminality

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Double criminality, or dual criminality, is a requirement in the extradition law of many countries. It states that a suspect can be extradited from one country to stand trial for breaking a second country's laws only if a similar law exists in the extraditing country.

If Country A has no laws against blasphemy, for example, double criminality could prevent a suspect being extradited from Country A to face blasphemy charges in another country.

United States[edit]

Double criminality is a requirement in extradition procedures from the United States, as extradition is allowed only for offenses that are alleged as crimes in both jurisdictions.


US Legal Definition: Double Criminality