Shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, is the MP for Tooting, where two of the men facing extradition – Babar Ahmad and Syed Ahsan – both live. He said:
The way criminal cases work in America means that defendants facing a trial are advised to plea-bargain. I predict that both my constituents will do the same as all the other British men extradited to the USA have done and plead guilty. It is a big risk pleading not guilty.
My understanding is that the consequences of this include the threat of life in solitary confinement without parole, should they lose a trial.
If those are the stakes which pleading not guilty involve, then it is no wonder that over 97% of defendants accept a plea bargain.