Friday, 04 September 2009 09:38
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MEP raises concerns over extradition

When Beatrice Ask, the Swedish Minister of Justice, addressed the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs (Libe) on behalf of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, she refused to answer any questions raised by Andrew Brons.

 

Andrew asked the following:

1. Under the European Arrest Warrant, will it be possible for a person to be extradited from a country for an act that is not an offence in that country?

2. How much discretion will the courts have in dealing with a European Arrest Warrant?

3. You mentioned harmonisation of legal procedures. Are there any plans - perhaps in the long term - to force England & Wales to give up its distinctive adversarial legal system?

Mrs Ask did answer a block of questions together with a hurried response at the end of the morning session. However, she did not address any of Andrew's questions.

Not deterred the MEP for Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire immediately tabled the following written question to the European Parliament:

"Will it be possible for a person to be extradited from a country for an act that is not an offence in that country to a second country in which the act is an offence?

"How much discretion will courts have in deciding whether or not a person can be extradited?"

NOT DETERRED: Andrew in his office tabling his written question to Parliament (above).

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