Information on UK Anti-Terrorism Legislation

The IPCC’s Investigation into the Complaint Made by Babar Ahmad Regarding his Assault by Anti-Terrorist Police Officers. (Requires Adobe Acrobat)

Extradition Act 2003

USA: To be taken on trust? Extraditions and US assurances in the ‘war on terror’ (HTMLPDF)

Liberty’s Committee Stage Briefing and Amendments on the Policing and Crime Bill in the House of Lords

JUSTICE letter to Lord Bassam of Brighton regarding the Extradition Act 2003 (Amendment of Designations) Order 2005 (7 February 2005)

Introduction to the Extradition Bill: additional briefing for the House of Lords second reading (May 2003)




UK Extradition Act 2003

1. The new Extradition Act 2003 was fast-tracked into UK legislation in 2003 without formal consultative parliamentary process, scrutiny or debate.

2. It allows the UK to extradite any individual to the US (and other designated countries) WITHOUT the need for the US to provide prima facie evidence to support the extradition request. In other words, the accused DOES NOT have the right to challenge any evidence provided by the US in a British Court of Law.

For example, if the US seeks the extradition of ‘A’ to stand trial for a murder committed on, say 25 March 1998, in the US, the extradition will be approved as long as the US can provide some documentation alleging that it appears that ‘A’ committed a murder. ‘A’ does not have the right to challenge this ‘evidence’ before a British Judge, even if ‘A’ was in fact, on the date of the crime, admitted to a British hospital and has all the photographic evidence, medical records and doctors statements etc. to prove it.

3. The Extradition Act 2003 seriously erodes the judicial review for any individual sought by the US and allows the UK Government to approve these requests unilaterally, without allowing the individual to defend himself against any provided evidence in a UK Court of Law.

4. The UK is the only nation in the EU to agree to such a treaty with the US. Other EU nations either refuse to extradite their own citizens (e.g. France, Austria, Germany) or only extradite on assurances of immediate repatriation following conviction to serve the prison sentence (e.g. The Netherlands) or demand prima facie evidence.


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