India, Israel seal treaties on extradition

Jerusalem: Amid deepening ties, including greater cooperation against terror, India and Israel have signed two treaties related to extradition and transfer of sentenced persons during the visit of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna.

The treaties would enable the two countries to extradite persons accused or convicted of extradition offences, and also let someone sentenced in the territory of the other to be transferred to his own country to serve the sentence.

"The parties to the treaty will extend to each other mutual assistance in criminal matters in connection with the offence for which extradition has been requested," a press statement said.

"The reciprocal extradition of offenders will strengthen ongoing cooperation between the two countries in suppression of crime, including terrorism," it added.

There are only a few Israelis and Indians lodged in each other's jails, but the treaty is a "natural next step in the evolution of close ties between two countries", Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, told agency.

The agreements are subject to ratification and shall remain in force for an indefinite period.