European arrest warrant still ‘delivering injustice’

Fast-track extraditions under the “European Arrest Warrant” are still landing innocent people in foreign prisons, prompting distrust among national prosecutors, with over 250 cases last year being brought to the EU’s judicial co-operation agency, Eurojust, for mediation. A total of 256 cases were mediated by Eurojust in 2009 whenever two or several member states disagreed over the scope and the proportionality of a “European arrest warrant”, the agency’s annual report shows. Eurojust’s powers are set to be boosted, as the Lisbon Treaty specifically mentions its transformation into a European Public Prosecutor with investigative powers. Ms Reding pledged to have this change take place during her mandate, which ends in 2013.

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