Request for provisional arrest

Republic of Serbia

Law on cooperation with the International Criminal Court


Release from Custody of the Accused Person Provisionally Arrested

Article 25

Having ruled on custody upon request of the International Criminal Court for provisional arrest of the accused person, the Investigative Judge shall immediately inform the Ministry about it, in accordance with Article 92 of the Statute.

Should the International Criminal Court fail to submit the request for surrender of the accused person referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article within a period specified in the Rules of Procedure and Evidence or should it fail to present required evidence and documents, the ruling on imposing custody shall cease to be in force. The Ministry shall immediately inform the Investigative Judge about it who shall, without delay, pass a decision on releasing the accused person.

Rome Statute

Article 92 Provisional arrest

1. In urgent cases, the Court may request the provisional arrest of the person sought, pending presentation of the request for surrender and the documents supporting the request as specified in article 91.

2. The request for provisional arrest shall be made by any medium capable of delivering a written record and shall contain:

(a) Information describing the person sought, sufficient to identify the person, and information as to that person's probable location;

(b) A concise statement of the crimes for which the person's arrest is sought and of the facts which are alleged to constitute those crimes, including, where possible, the date and location of the crime;

(c) A statement of the existence of a warrant of arrest or a judgement of conviction against the person sought; and

(d) A statement that a request for surrender of the person sought will follow.

3. A person who is provisionally arrested may be released from custody if the requested State has not received the request for surrender and the documents supporting the request as specified in article 91 within the time limits specified in the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. However, the person may consent to surrender before the expiration of this period if permitted by the law of the requested State. In such a case, the requested State shall proceed to surrender the person to the Court as soon as possible.

4. The fact that the person sought has been released from custody pursuant to paragraph 3 shall not prejudice the subsequent arrest and surrender of that person if the request for surrender and the documents supporting the request are delivered at a later date.