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Repeal extradition legislation

Comment 11th July 2010

Repeal the Extradition Act that enables other countries with lesser standards of justice to seek and obtain the extradition of British citizens without British judicial scrutiny.

Why does this matter?

It is very frightening to have British citizens extradited to countries where they cannot expect a fair trial, cannot afford to defend themselves and may not speak the language.  It is important for all British citizens to have their case first tried in a British court and for British judges to determine whether or not a justiciable case has been made out against the defendant.  It is noteworthy that countries that have used our legislation to extradite British citizens eg the USA, do not have reciprocal legislation but insist on their citizens having a higher standard of protection.  

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