political offence

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An offence committed for a political purpose or inspired by a political motive, for which the alleged offender cannot be extradited (see extradition) or surrendered as a fugitive offender. The act could be a combination of a politically motivated but criminally implemented act, or it may be more narrowly political, or it may be criminal activity that resulted from an attempt to escape a political system or discriminatory persecution. In all cases, however, the offence results from a dispute between the fugitive and the state that applies for extradition on some issue connected with the political control or government of the country.

Subjects: International Law.

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