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Article Comparison - Convention between the Member States of the European Communities on Double Jeopardy

Article 4

1. If a criminal charge is brought against a person in a Member State and the competent authorities of that Member State have reasons to believe that this charge concerns the same facts as those in respect of which his trial has finally been disposed of in another Member State they shall, if they consider it necessary, seek relevant information from the competent authorities of the Member State where the trial took place.

2. Information thus requested shall be given as soon as possible and shall be taken into account in determining whether the proceedings should be continued.

3. Each Member State shall, at the time of signature, ratification, acceptance or approval of this Convention, specify the authorities authorized to request and receive information under this Article.