Saturday, October 13, 2012

The case of Richard O'Dwyer disturbing, like other British men facing extradition Talha Ahsan - Gary McKinnon and Babar Ahmad - showed partiality and injustice falls included in the Treaty of US-UK Extradition of 2003, which gives disproportionate control of the U.S. government to the plight of citizens of the United Kingdom (Richard O'Dwyer: a case unjust, absurd, Editorial, June 25).
Six months ago, the House of Commons passed a motion urging the government to urgently reform extradition agreements deeply flawed. In March, there were more reasons for hope when President Obama and Prime Minister announced a joint initiative to examine the treaty. Since then, my Early Day Motion calling for a halt extraditions until subsequent legislation altered attracted cross-party support. However, today, we are still awaiting the action of the government. Ahmad Ahsan and were arrested in Britain without charge or trial under the threat of extradition to the United States for eight years and six years respectively. This has not been found in Britain, despite the fact that the crimes were committed here, is unacceptable. In case of Babar, the evidence gathered by the police was sent to U.S. authorities, the return to CPS. Should be extradited in recent weeks and could face isolation in conditions "Supermax". We can no longer allow the British courts to be outsourced to the United States in this manner. To defend the rights of citizens of the United Kingdom and the rule of British law, the government must put emergency legislation requested by Parliament to reform the Treaty dangerously biased.

Caroline Lucas, MP

Green, Brighton Pavilion

. Each year, hundreds of people, as O'Dwyer, get a knock on the door by the British police to be told they are wanted for prosecution or serving a sentence in a other countries. Unfortunately, most extradition suffering follows shortly after the first visit to the police. The problem is that after 9/11 our politicians were super excited about the elimination of the basic guarantees of our extradition laws. Therefore, the British courts repeatedly say they can not stop even the most shocking cases of injustice. O'Dwyer and for others, this situation is exacerbated by the long arm of U.S. law and no transparent process to decide where testing should occur. The British government could solve many problems without endangering extradition agreements with the rest of the world. The power to delay the extradition until the country is ready for trial, for example, prevent innocent people who spend months in foreign jails before his trial begins. Our courts have also relied on the power to refuse extradition when it is obvious that the requesting country is not the appropriate forum for the trial.

Jago Russell

Fair Trials International

. Why concern O'Dwyer £ 140,000 clich├ęs as "a small amount"? Did you know that you could be illegally? Visitors to your site may not be American, but programs and films that have links certainly. I do not own the copyright to anything, but I strongly believe in copyright. Not all feel that we should throw out the window. But I agree with the description of O'Dwyer as a "young entrepreneur".

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