Babar Ahmad, the first British person to face extradition to the USA under the new fast track regime, was in court again today.
However, so, far, little has been revealed which answers any of the questions we have asked about this case before.
Remember, that back in 1997, neither the Taleban in Afghanistan nor the rebels in Chechnya were proscribed terrorist organisations in the United Kingdom. Astonishingly, even today, the so called Islamic Army of the Caucasus led by Shamil Basayev, supposedly behind the Beslan atrocity, or any other Chechen rebel group, is still not a proscibed terrorist organisation in the UK
The BBC report does mention:
"Under the act there is no requirement for the US authorities to present a prima facie case, although UK authorities must do so in seeking extraditions from the US.
The Home Office has said the case against Mr Ahmad is based on hard evidence being presented to the court.
"The act confers full and effective safeguards to defendants and we consider the US to be a trusted extradition partner," a spokeswoman said."
Perhaps the "Home Office spokesperson" or any other reader can point out exactly which section of the Extradition Act 2003, because we seem to have missed those alleged safeguards whilst re-reading the legislation.
Does anybody have any news of the Morroccan detainee Farid Hilali, due to be the first person in the UK to be extradited under the new European Arrest Warrant to Spain ?