to Mr. Frelinghuysen
Brussels, January 24, 1882. (Received February 9.)
Sir: The diplomatic questions raised by the United States in the matter of the extradition of the Collins brothers from Italy to Belgium, and of their transfer from Belgium to a third country, have led to a revision of the extradition treaty between Italy and Belgium of 1875.
I have the honor to send herewith the text of the amendments now in full force, and a translation of the same. I add, also, on page 4, the second section of article 3 of treaty of 1875.
The treaty as amended allows the trial and punishment for crimes and offenses other than that for which the party was extradited, with the consent of the state that granted the extradition.
A not less important amendment is that which allows the state which gets possession by extradition of an accused party to transfer him to a third country by a second extradition, with like consent.
This is undoubtedly intended to prevent in the future the application of the interpretation given by the United States to treaty of 1875, and which was accepted by the Belgian Government in the Collins case.
I have, &c.,