Request for transit


Federal Law on Cooperation with the International Criminal Court 2001


Art. 13 Transit

1 Upon request of the Court, the Central Authority may authorize the transit of a person in detention and the measures necessary for transit, without hearing the views of the affected person.

2 No authorization is required if the person in detention is to be transported by air over Swiss territory and no landing is scheduled.

3 If an unscheduled landing occurs, the person in transit shall be kept in custody. The Central Authority shall immediately ask the Court to make a request for transit. If the request is not received within 96 hours, the person shall be released. If the request is received after this period of time has elapsed, the person may again be arrested and the transit of the person may be authorized.

4 An authorization of transit cannot be appealed.

Rome Statute

Article 89 Surrender of persons to the Court


(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.