France signs extradition treaty with China despite death penalty record Lisl Brunner at 5:27 PM ET
[JURIST] France signed an extradition treaty with China [JURIST news archives] Tuesday in Paris over the objections of human rights groups that oppose China's use of the death penalty. After signing the treaty, Justice Minister Pascal Clement [official profile, in French] explained that France may refuse extradition of suspects to China for political or military offenses. If a crime is punishable by death in China, France will only extradite upon guarantees that the death penalty will not be administered. Finally, a judicial authority must approve arrest warrants.
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