Temporary return of prisoner to ICC

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

International Criminal Court Act 2001 (2014)

Part 4 Enforcement of sentences and orders

Sentences of imprisonment

43 Temporary return or transfer of custody to another state

(1) This section applies where the Secretary of State receives a request from the ICC—
(a) for the temporary return of the prisoner to the custody of the ICC for the purposes of any proceedings, or
(b) for the transfer of the prisoner to the custody of another state in pursuance of a change in designation of state of enforcement.
(2) If the prisoner is detained in Scotland, the Secretary of State shall transmit the request to the Scottish Ministers.
(3) The relevant Minister shall—
(a) issue a warrant authorising the prisoner’s temporary return or transfer in accordance with the request,
(b) make the necessary arrangements with the ICC or, as the case may be, the other state, and
(c) give such directions as to the custody, surrender and (where appropriate) return of the prisoner as appear to him appropriate to give effect to the arrangements.
(4) Where the prisoner is temporarily returned to the custody of the ICC, the warrant authorising his detention in any part of the United Kingdom shall continue to have effect so as to apply to him again on his return.
(5) In this section “the relevant Minister” means—
(a) in relation to a person detained in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State, and
(b) in relation to a person detained in Scotland, the Scottish Ministers.

Rome Statute

Article 89 Surrender of persons to the Court

1. The Court may transmit a request for the arrest and surrender of a person, together with the material supporting the request outlined in article 91, to any State on the territory of which that person may be found and shall request the cooperation of that State in the arrest and surrender of such a person. States Parties shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Part and the procedure under their national law, comply with requests for arrest and surrender.

2. Where the person sought for surrender brings a challenge before a national court on the basis of the principle of ne bis in idem as provided in article 20, the requested State shall immediately consult with the Court to determine if there has been a relevant ruling on admissibility. If the case is admissible, the requested State shall proceed with the execution of the request. If an admissibility ruling is pending, the requested State may postpone the execution of the request for surrender of the person until the Court makes a determination on admissibility.


(a) A State Party shall authorize, in accordance with its national procedural law, transportation through its territory of a person being surrendered to the Court by another State, except where transit through that State would impede or delay the surrender.

(b) A request by the Court for transit shall be transmitted in accordance with article 87. The request for transit shall contain:

(i) A description of the person being transported;

(ii) A brief statement of the facts of the case and their legal characterization; and

(iii) The warrant for arrest and surrender;

(c) A person being transported shall be detained in custody during the period of transit;

(d) No authorization is required if the person is transported by air and no landing is scheduled on the territory of the transit State;

(e) If an unscheduled landing occurs on the territory of the transit State, that State may require a request for transit from the Court as provided for in subparagraph (b). The transit State shall detain the person being transported until the request for transit is received and the transit is effected, provided that detention for purposes of this subparagraph may not be extended beyond 96 hours from the unscheduled landing unless the request is received within that time.

4. If the person sought is being proceeded against or is serving a sentence in the requested State for a crime different from that for which surrender to the Court is sought, the requested State, after making its decision to grant the request, shall consult with the Court.