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Repeal Extradition Act of 2003

Comment 10th July 2010

To scrap the above act, which operates in a manifestly unfair manner, and was enacted without due scrutiny.

Why does this matter?

 

The act was passed without due consideration of the implications. UK courts do not have to weigh the justice of an extradition request passed to them, nor do requesting countries need to show any evidence — merely a request for extradition.

Often, many countries do not dispense what we would recognise as justice, yet UK citizens are being extradited on the flimsiest of evidence, and even none at all.

In 2008, more than 500 people were extradited from the UK without any examination of the cases against them, and the Home Office estimates that this will rise by some 250% next year.

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