Netherlands concludes extradition treaty with United Arab Emirates

The Netherlands is about to conclude an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates. That means that suspects of a crime can be handed over and over again.

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same time, there is another treaty with the UAE that should facilitate cooperation in the field of legal assistance and tackling criminal cash flows, writes Minister Grapperhaus to the House of Representatives. This agreement includes agreements on hearing suspects and victims, investigating bank accounts, and confiscation of goods and money.

โ€œThis is the only way we close the net to criminals who still think theyre hiding by simply crossing the border and thought they were to cut their crime-derived money to other countries,โ€ says the Minister of Justice in an explanation.


Grapperhaus is โ€œvery gratefulโ€ to the emirates for its cooperation in recent years. About a year and a half ago, Dutchman Ridouan Taghi was arrested in Dubai, one of the emirates. At the time, an extradition treaty was not necessary, because shortly after his arrest, Taghi suspect of drug trafficking was flown to the Netherlands.

The two treaties are in principle writes Grapperhaus, and the โ€œsigning is being preparedโ€. The Minister expects him to be able to present them to the House after summer.