On 27 February, the Guardian reported that, apparently acting against the warnings of senior law enforcement officials, the UK government said it would not be seeking to participate in the European arrest warrant (EAW) as part of the future relationship with the EU, instead wishing to opt for a “fast-track” extradition agreement similar to the so-called surrender agreements with Norway and Iceland (also non-EU states).  The Guardian comments that in 9 years to 2017/18, the UK sent back over 9,000 people using the EAW system, and brought back over 1,200.  It also points out that, with the EAW vastly shortening the average extradition timetables, before the arrest warrant existed it took 10 years to extradite Rachid Ramda from Britain to France over his role in the 1995 Paris metro bombing, while in 2005 it took just 56 days to bring the failed 21/7 London tube bomber Hussain Osman back from Italy to London using an arrest warrant.

If you’d like to help me buy that (badly needed) new laptop or, even, better a new desktop to replace the one now 5,000 miles away –

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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