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.
Any modest contributions for my time and ongoing expenses are welcomed! I have a page where you can do so, and where one-off contributions start as low as $3, at https://www.buymea3coffee.com/KoIvM842y