The Office of International Affairs (OIA) reviews formal extradition requests received from the Department of State to verify that the request is in good order and that the documents will establish probable cause to believe that a crime was committed and that the fugitive committed it. OIA also reviews requests for provisional arrest. Conforming requests are forwarded to the district in which the fugitive is believed to be located with instructions as to how to proceed. OIA advises prosecutors at all stages of the extradition proceeding. Prosecutors should not act on any request for extradition that comes from a source other than OIA.
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