UK SUPREME COURT HAS HALTED THE EXTRADITION OF A SCOTTISH MAN WANTED BY THE US FOR A £1.2 MILLION FRAUD OVER “FORUM BAR” ISSUE

On 23 February, the BBC reported that the judges found James Craig’s human rights had been breached as a legal measure which could have helped him had not been introduced in Scotland.  The case involved the issue of the “forum bar”, which allows an extradition to be blocked on the basis that a trial could “fairly and effectively” take place in the UK and not abroad.  Introduced in the UK in 2013, the Scottish government asked that it should not apply to Scottish cases over fears that it would interfere with the independence of Scottish prosecutors – and that meant Mr Craig could not use forum bar as an argument against his extradition. The Supreme Court’s ruling means the case is being brought back to Scotland to start all over again, 9 years after the original alleged offence.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-60493106

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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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