Earlier this week we noted that readers of a report by Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield which was published on the BBC News website’s ‘Europe’ page on June 20th were inaccurately informed that Israel “refuses to extradite its nationals”.
BBC Watch submitted a complaint on that issue which included a link to the relevant legislation and examples of extradition cases from recent months. Two days later we received a response from the BBC News website.
“Thank you for getting in touch about our feature article entitled The fake French minister in a silicone mask who stole millions (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48510027).
You raise a fair point and it was inaccurate to say that Israel “refuses” to extradite its nationals.
After further investigation it’s our understanding that Israel does extradite its citizens, but not often.
We have amended the article to make that clear and added a correction note at the bottom of the article outlining this change.”
The relevant paragraph now reads:
“In 2015, Chikli was found guilty of scamming money out of French corporations by pretending to be their chief executive. But by this time he was living in Israel, which doesn’t often extradite its nationals.”
The footnote reads: