UK government to review controversial extradition laws

UK Home Secretary Theresa May told Parliament Wednesday that the government will review the fairness of current extradition laws that have stirred controversy in the country. Among the extradition laws to be reviewed are the European Arrest Warrant and the 2003 US-UK Extradition Treaty, as well as government’s power to release individuals into foreign custody and the proper amount of evidence that must be provided against persons sought through extradition. May explained the purpose of the review process:
There are a number of areas of the UK’s extradition arrangements which have attracted significant controversy in recent years. The government understands that these are longstanding concerns and the review will therefore focus on five issues to ensure that the UK’s extradition arrangements work both efficiently and in the interests of justice.

Critics of the US-UK Extradition Treaty argue that it is unfairly one-sided, allowing more extraditions from the UK to the US than vice versa. Human rights groups have called for reforms to the country’s extradition laws and some groups have criticized May for not pressing the matter more forcefully. The review is scheduled for completion next summer.

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  1. […] UK government to review controversial extradition laws (via The Lift – Legal Issues in the Fight against Terrorism) UK Home Secretary Theresa May told Parliament Wednesday that the government will review the fairness of current extradition laws that have stirred controversy in the country. Among the extradition laws to be reviewed are the European Arrest Warrant and the 2003 US-UK Extradition Treaty, as well as government's power to release individuals into foreign custody and the proper amount of evidence that must be provided against persons sought through e … Read More […]

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