Consent to surrender


Germany - Cooperation with ICC 2002 EN

Part 2 Surrender of Persons

§ 32 Streamlined Surrender
(relating to Article 92 para. 3 sentence 2 of the Rome Statute)

(1) The surrender of a person against whom there is an arrest warrant for surrender and as to whom the Court has requested arrest and surrender or provisional arrest, may be approved without implementing formal surrender proceedings when the suspect, after instruction by the court that is set forth in the court record of proceedings, declares his agreement with such streamlined surrender.
(2) The agreement cannot be rescinded.
(3) Upon motion of the public prosecution office attached to the Higher Regional Court, in cases under §§ 14 and 15, the judge of the District Court or otherwise the Higher Regional Court, shall instruct the suspect regarding the possibility of streamlined surrender and the legal consequences thereof (paragraphs 1 and 2) and shall enter its explanation into the record of proceedings. Jurisdiction lies with the judge of the District Court in whose district the suspect is located.

Part 2
Surrender of Persons

§ 14
Procedure After Capture Based Upon an Warrant of Arrest for Surrender
(relating to Article 59 para. 2 of the Rome Statute)

(6) If the suspect does not raise any objections to the surrender, the judge of the District Court shall inform him of the possibility of streamlined surrender and its legal consequences (§ 33) and shall include the explanation in the record of proceedings.
Para. 2 sentence 5 applies mutatis mutandis.

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.