Criminal offenses are acts or omissions violating the Penal Law, 5737 – 1977. Every country has a criminal legislation system of its own, that applies within its territory, and at times a person may find himself in criminal proceedings after committing various offenses abroad.
What is a foreign offense?
A foreign offense is defined under the Penal Law as an offense that had been committed outside the Israeli sovereign territory (including coastal strips as well as the registered vessel and pilot). The penal laws in Israel will apply to certain types of foreign offenses, committed by a person who had been an Israeli citizen or resident at the time of committing the offense.
Currently, in light of technological development and in light of the changes in the global commercial and financial domains, actions committed by a person in one country may lead to an investigation or legal proceedings in another country, which may lead to a request for extradition and criminal trial at that foreign country. An example of so are white collar offenses, which include tax offenses and various taxation aspects, bribery, corruption, money laundering, insider trading and more.