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Repeal Extradition Act 2003

Comment 22nd July 2010

This Act seriously eroded the duty the Government has to protect its citizens from unsafe or baseless prosecutions from overseas countries.

 

Preferably this Act should be fully repealed or at least amended so that:

 

  • A basic case should bemade to a British court before someone can be sent abroad to face trial in another country.
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  • If the crime is alleged to have occurred in whole or in part in the UK then the person should not be extradited if a court here decides that it is not in the interests of justice to extradite.
  • Why does this matter?

    One of the duties of Government is to protect its citizens from other states.  It cannot do this if it has no duty of reviewing requests for extradition before sending one of its citizens overseas to face, possible, unsafe, baseless and possibly corrupt legal systems.

     

    To this end the Government must ensure:

     

  • A basic case should bemade to a British court before someone can be sent abroad to face trial in another country.
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  • If the crime is alleged to have occurred in whole or in part in the UK then the person should not be extradited if a court here decides that it is not in the interests of justice to extradite.

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