Suspend or repeal the Extradition Act 2003 immediately.

 

The Extradition Act 2003 poses a very serious threat to hundreds of British Citizens who will continue to be denied justice if this rotten piece of legislation is allowed to continue unhampered.

It beggars belief that the Extradition Act was ever passed by Labour and one can only assume that ministers made no attempt to read it or understand the consequences.

The Extradition Act requires judges to grant any extradition request without scrutinising the evidence (or lack of it) and they are expressly prevented from making any judgement on whether or not the person is likely to get a fair trial.  Fair trials are not a foregone conclusion in countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Sierra Leone, Russia, Serbia, Liberia et al, and it is shocking to realise that this Act is not restricted to extradition to EU countries and the US but includes all the afore-mentioned states and more.

The Extradition Act should be suspended immediately and extradition requests properly scrutinised on a case-by-case basis until a more thoughtful and competent piece of legislation can be produced that protects our basic right to a fair trial.

Why is this idea important?

 

The Extradition Act 2003 poses a very serious threat to hundreds of British Citizens who will continue to be denied justice if this rotten piece of legislation is allowed to continue unhampered.

It beggars belief that the Extradition Act was ever passed by Labour and one can only assume that ministers made no attempt to read it or understand the consequences.

The Extradition Act requires judges to grant any extradition request without scrutinising the evidence (or lack of it) and they are expressly prevented from making any judgement on whether or not the person is likely to get a fair trial.  Fair trials are not a foregone conclusion in countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Sierra Leone, Russia, Serbia, Liberia et al, and it is shocking to realise that this Act is not restricted to extradition to EU countries and the US but includes all the afore-mentioned states and more.

The Extradition Act should be suspended immediately and extradition requests properly scrutinised on a case-by-case basis until a more thoughtful and competent piece of legislation can be produced that protects our basic right to a fair trial.