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Revoke the Extradition Act (2003), and reinstate safeguards & protections for UK citizens

Comment 1st July 2010

The UK/US Extradition Treaty was endorsed by the now disgraced Baroness Scotland, who assured US Senators that the UK would not seek extradition of IRA suspects. It was signed in secret under Queen's Prerogative (despite this being denounced as an anathema to democracy by Jack Straw), bypassing due Parliamentary process, and obliging the UK to pass the Extradition Act (2003) which removes all safeguards and protections from UK citizens under the law.

The treaty, and the Act must be revoked, as per the Coalition's pre-election promises and commitment stated in the Manifesto, to protect the rights and liberties of UK citizens. 

All extraditions currently pending under the retrospective application of this law (ie for alleged crimes prior to 2005 when the Act was adopted into law) must also be pronounced null and void, since the ECHR (Article 7 of HRA) clearly and specifically prohibits retrospective application of law.  Consequently, all such pending extraditions are automatically in violation of the ECHR, and must be halted for this reason alone.

Why does this matter?

The Extradition Act (2003) has been universally denounced by Liberty, by the American Civil Liberties Union and by the Coalition itself, as well as numerous eminent legal experts.  It removes all safeguards and protections from UK citizens, exposing us to unjust, unwarranted and unsupported extradition requests, and as such is contrary to the interests of justice, civil liberties, human rights and public safety.

It also designates the USA, a country with the Death Penalty and a recent record of torture, as a Category 2 territory, which is scandalous. The application of this legisation by the USA thus far, in cases such as Ian Norris, Brian & Kerry Howes, Gary McKinnon and now Liz Prosser, to name but a few has been abusive in the extreme. This law is being used by the USA, in these and other cases, RETROSPECTIVELY to pursue ill, vulnerable, non-violent British citizens, without regard for their human rights, without providing evidence against them, and even when allegations are refuted by the facts.

In these and other caes, this legislation requires the courts and the government to represent US interests above those of justice, human rights, and the welfare of our own citizens.  This cannot be right.

The legislation also requires our courts and judges to refer to unsubstantiated (and, as in the case of Gary McKinnon, disproved) allegations as 'facts', which seriously compromises the integrity of the judicial system, is grossly misleading to the public, and makes a mockery of the values enshrined in our legal system of the right to a fair trial, and 'innocent until proven guilty'.

The Extradition Act (2003) appears in practice to permit the violation of Article 7 of the Human Rights Act, since it is being used retrospectively by the USA with gay abandon, and with UK courts apparently, and shockingly complicit in this.

All this is a gross and pernicious assault on our civil liberties and our legal rights and protections and must be stopped by any credible government claiming to champion civil liberties and protect our freedoms.

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