Postponement - ongoing investigation or prosecution

Mauritius

International Criminal Court Act 2011

PART IV – ARREST AND SURRENDER OF PERSONS

13. Postponement of execution of request

(1) The Attorney-General shall not postpone the execution of a request for arrest and surrender at any time before the surrender of the person, unless the request would interfere with an investigation or prosecution in Mauritius involving a different offence from that for which surrender is requested.

(2) The Attorney-General shall consult with the International Criminal Court and agree on a period of time for postponement of the execution of the request in accordance with Article 94 of the Statute, and the Attorney-General shall proceed with the execution of the request after the lapse of that period, unless otherwise agreed with the International Criminal Court.

(3) Where the Attorney-General decides to postpone the execution of a request for arrest and surrender in accordance with this section after he has forwarded a request pursuant to section 11 or 12, he shall –
(a) notify the Magistrate of the postponement and the Magistrate shall adjourn any pending proceedings until further notice from the Attorney-General; and
(b) notify the Magistrate at the relevant time whether the execution of the request is to proceed or not, and the Magistrate shall proceed accordingly with the execution of the request or the discharge of the person.

(4) A decision by the Attorney-General to postpone the execution of a request shall not affect the validity of any act that has been done or any warrant or order made under this Part prior to the decision, and any such warrant or order shall remain in force unless cancelled by the International Criminal Court

PART VI - OTHER FORMS OF ASSISTANCE

36. Effect of registration

(3) A forfeiture order may not be executed before the expiry of the period within which an application for the setting aside of the registration may be made, or if such application has been made, before the application is finally determined

PART VI - OTHER FORMS OF ASSISTANCE

37. Setting aside registration of forfeiture order

(1) On the application of any person against whom the registration of a forfeiture order in terms of section 35 has been made, the registration may be set aside if the Court at which it was registered is satisfied that –
(a) the order was registered in breach of this Act;
(b) the order is subject to review or appeal;
(c) the person against whom the order was made, through no fault on his part, did not appear at the proceedings concerned or did not receive notice of the said proceedings as prescribed by the Statute or, if no such notice has been prescribed, that he did not receive reasonable notice of the proceedings so as to enable him to defend himself at the proceedings; or
(d) the order has already been satisfied.

(2) The Court hearing an application referred to in subsection (1) may, at any time, postpone the hearing of the application to such date as it may determine

Mutual Assistance in Criminal and Related Matters Act 2003

PART II - REQUESTS

5. Request to Mauritius

(2) The Central Authority may, in respect of a request under subsection (1) from a foreign State -

(c) after consulting with the competent authority of the foreign State, postpone granting the request in whole or in part, on the ground that granting the request immediately would be likely to prejudice the conduct of proceedings in Mauritius.

Rome Statute

Article 94 Postponement of execution of a request in respect of ongoing investigation or prosecution

1. If the immediate execution of a request would interfere with an ongoing investigation or prosecution of a case different from that to which the request relates, the requested State may postpone the execution of the request for a period of time agreed upon with the Court. However, the postponement shall be no longer than is necessary to complete the relevant investigation or prosecution in the requested State. Before making a decision to postpone, the requested State should consider whether the assistance may be immediately provided subject to certain conditions.

2. If a decision to postpone is taken pursuant to paragraph 1, the Prosecutor may, however, seek measures to preserve evidence, pursuant to article 93, paragraph 1 (j).