Plea-bargain – Quotes from UK political figures & USA context

Plea-bargains Here are several quotes from all parties public figures At HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE on Extradition : pressure to plea-bargain was the central issues http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/extradition-law/news/3rd-session/ There should be transcript / video available soon - —- “We make no secret of the fact...

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Alun Jones QC: Hamza should have been tried here

Why was Abu Hamza extradited to the US for crimes he is alleged to have committed in this country? We asked, repeatedly, why no prosecution had been instituted in the UK, but were never given an answer. The position is plain. Our prosecutors say, if the Americans want to try someone, that’s fine by us. When an extradition request comes, we just defer to it. So...

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EUROPEAN COLLUSION IN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE

by Liz Fekete How is it that Muslim citizens accused of support for terrorism are not charged but extradited, while far-right supporters of terrorism roam free? On 24 September, as part of a forty-strong delegation of observers, I was in Morocco at the appeal hearing in the Rabat-Salé court of the Belgian-Moroccan dual national, Ali Aarrass. Aarrass’ conviction...

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BABAR AHMAD: CAPITULATION BY THE EUROPEAN COURT?

by Frances Webber Is the European Court selling Ahmad out, and the kettled demonstrators before him, for the sake of making peace with a British government determined to get the court off its back? The Strasbourg court’s judgment in Ahmad and others,[1] ruling that the punitive regime in which four of them are likely to spend many years in the supermax prison ADX...

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Making a stand on extradition

Mark Spragg, consultant solicitor, Keystone Law The Home Secretary has a chance to stand up to the US in the Gary McKinnon case. Will she be brave?   Mark Spragg The US President expressed himself “chuffed to bits” to see our Prime Minister earlier this month. The pair spoke about the ’special relationship’, which has now apparently become an...

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Extradition – The Treaty CAN be made Fair Without any Re-Negotiation.

Britain has had extradition arrangements with other countries for centuries and has quite successfully extradited to and from the British Isles without any great deal of fuss. Suddenly now there is huge outcry and concern over extradition and we have to ask what really has changed. Whilst there is an obvious need for international Justice there is also an obvious need...

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