When in opposition both Conservative and Lib Dem MPs tried on two separate occasions to make amendments to the Extradition Act which would have providede greater protections for UK citizens against rank injustice.  The first idea was to give the presumption of a UK trial to any defendant, which is consistent with the practical approach of all of our major extradition partners, and the terms of the European Convention on Extradition, to which the UK is already a signatory.  The second idea was to require that evidence be submitted and tested in the extradition hearings, to prevent extradition on demand.  Over the past two years, the system has become almost overwhelmed with trivial cases brought by nations such as Poland under the eurowarrant system for alegations such as theft of a hairbrush.  It is costly to the taxpayer, and does not serve the interests of justice.  At the same time, British citizens are being extradited to foreign countries, without evidence, and in some cases without charges even having been brought.  This is fundamentally injust, and flies directly in the face of the presumption of innocence, and habeas corpus.  The first duty of any Government is the protection of its own citizens.  Seemingly the previous British Government was alone in not recognising this.  Time to put it right. 

Why is this idea important?

Because the presumption of innocence and habeas corpus are the bedrock principles of our democracy, and this law undermines both.

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