The Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government is allowing members of the public (that means you!) to have a say in a review of the appalling mess which the incompetent and authoritarian previous Labour government made of the whole process of Extradition:
Remember that there was no public consultation whatsoever, and no informed debate and careful scrutiny in Parliament either, when the notorious and twice disgraced David Blunkett forced through the Extradition Act 2003 into law, which he and his apparatchiki then applied retrospectively to Gary McKinnon and to other cases. such as the Nat West 3 Bankers and Babar Ahmed. etc.
Monday, 08 Nov 2010
Members of the public can have their say on a review into the UK's extradition arrangements from today.
Extradition is the process which allows countries to make formal requests to each other for the return of suspects to stand trial for a crime in the country it was committed.
An independent review of the UK's extradition laws was announced by the Home Secretary in September. As part of that review, the public has until 31 December to contribute views.
Efficient and fair
The review panel is being led by the Rt Hon Sir Scott Baker and is focusing on five areas to ensure that the UK's arrangements work both efficiently and in the interests of justice. These areas are:
* the Home Secretary's powers to stop extradition
* the operation of the European Arrest Warrant, which deals with extradition requests between European countries
* where a crime is mainly committed in the UK, whether the person should be tried here
* whether the US-UK Extradition Treaty is unbalanced
* whether requesting countries should be required to provide sufficient evidence to prove an allegation
The panel would like to hear from anyone who may wish to contribute to the review. You can put forward your views by email to: email@example.com.
The closing date for contributions is 31 December 2010.
The panel is supposed to report by "summer 2011" and comprises of:
The Rt Hon Sir Scott Baker was called to the Bar in 1961, and practised in a range of legal areas, including family finance cases and professional negligence. He became a Recorder in 1976 and was appointed as a High Court judge in 1988. In 1999, he presided over the trial of Great Western Trains following the Southall rail crash in 1997. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2002 and went on to preside over the inquest into the death of Princess Diana. He also sat regularly in the Divisional Court hearing appeals and judicial reviews in extradition cases. He also tried Jonathan Aitken in 1999.
David Perry QC is a leading barrister in the field of extradition who is regularly used by the Crown Prosecution Service. From 2001 to 2006 Mr Perry was Senior Treasury Counsel prosecuting in a range of high profile cases.
Anand Doobay is a partner at Peters & Peters and has a wealth of experience in the field of judicial co-operation. He has focused in recent years on representing the subjects of extradition requests to the UK with a particular expertise in Russian cases. He is a co-author of 'Jones and Doobay on Extradition' published by Sweet and Maxwell. Mr Doobay is a trustee of Fair Trials International.
Many of Gary McKinnon's supporters have sent in written arguments which touch on one or more of the terms of reference of this review, but they were all ignored and treated with contempt by the Labour politicians and their Whitehall appartchiki.
If you can spare a few minutes to email The Rt Hon Sir Scott Baker via firstname.lastname@example.org. then please do so.
There is nothing in this review which limits input solely to United Kingdom citizens, the panel would be unprofessional if they ignored the views of foreigners who are affected by the current British Extradition law mess.
UPDATE 4th January 2011:
it seems that the deadline for sending in your views has now been extended until the end of this month - Monday 31st January 2011
and the updated