I. The Royal Netherlands Embassy presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and has the honour to refer to the Extradition Treaty between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, signed in London on 26th September, 1898, which Treaty was in force for the then British Colony The Bahamas as of 14th March, 1899.
The Embassy has been instructed by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to propose to the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas that the relations between the two States in matters of extradition shall be governed by the provisions of the said Treaty of 26 September, 1898, with the understanding that whenever reference is made to subjects, authorities, territories or laws of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in said Treaty, this shall be understood to mean subjects, authorities, territories or laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. In addition, it is proposed that each Party may refuse extradition not only on grounds specifically mentioned in the Treaty, but also on grounds specified in or provided for by its laws, subject to the right of reciprocal application. Furthermore, in relation to the provision contained in article II, last paragraph of the Treaty, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands would appreciate the confirmation that the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas also understands this provision to mean that extradition for crimes relating to narcotic drugs may take place in accordance with the provisions of the national laws and regulations of each Party.
Finally, it is proposed that the Contracting Parties undertake to provide each other with the maximum of assistance, in accordance with the provisions of national legislation, in any criminal proceedings relating to offences whose punishment lies within the jurisdiction of the judicial authorities of the Party requesting the assistance. If the foregoing is acceptable to the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Embassy has the honour further to propose that this Note, and the Ministry's confirmative reply, shall constitute an Agreement between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on this subject, which Agreement shall apply, as regards the Kingdom of the Netherlands, to the Kingdom in Europe and to the Netherlands Antilles and which shall enter into force on the date on which the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas have notified each other that the formalities constitutionally required therefore in both countries have been complied with.