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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-473—OCT. 12, 1984

98 STAT. 2167

SEC. 1218. (a) Chapter 213 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: "§ 3292. Suspension of limitations to permit United States to obtain foreign evidence "(a)(1) Upon application of the United States, filed before return of an indictment, indicating that evidence of an offense is in a foreign country, the district court before which a grand jury is impaneled to investigate the offense shall suspend the running of the statute of limitations for the offense if the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that an official request has been made for such evidence and that it reasonably appears, or reasonably appeared at the time the request was made, that such evidence is, or was, in such foreign country. "(2) The court shall rule upon such application not later than thirty days after the filing of the application. "(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a period of suspension under this section shall begin on the date on which the official request is made and end on the date on which the foreign court or authority takes final action on the request. "(c) The total of all periods of suspension under this section with respect to an offense— "(1) shall not exceed three years; and "(2) shall not extend a period within which a criminal case must be initiated for more than six months if all foreign authorities take final action before such period would expire without regard to this section. "(d) As used in this section, the term 'official request' means a letter rogatory, a request under a treaty or convention, or any other request for evidence made by a court of the United States or an authority of the United States having criminal law enforcement responsibility, to a court or other authority of a foreign country.". (b) The table of sections for chapter 213 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding after the item relating to section 3291 the following new item: "3292. Suspension of limitations to permit United States to obtain evidence.".

18 USC 3292.

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SEC. 1219. Subsection (h) of section 3161 of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in paragraph (8)(C), by striking out "paragraph (8)(A) of this subsection" and inserting in lieu thereof "subparagraph (A) of this paragraph"; and (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: "(9) Any period of delay, not to exceed one year, ordered by a district court upon an application of a party and a finding by a preponderance of the evidence that an official request, as defined in section 3292 of this title, has been made for evidence Supra. of any such offense and that it reasonably appears, or rea. onably appeared at the time the request was made, that such evidence is, or was, in such foreign country.". SEC. 1220. This part and the amendments made by this part shall Effective date. take effect thirty days after the date of the enactment of this Act. 18 USC 3505 note.