The long running (yet supposedly "fast track") extradition to the USA case of the Muslim British IT worker Babar Ahmad was due to have been decided yesterday by the Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
This case has legal ramifications for all of the rest of us in the UK, since it involves extradition to the USA, without the presentation of any prima facie evidence to a UK court, for alleged crimes committed by someone physically located in the uK, and for which there are more than adequate UK laws under which they could be tried.
At least 73 Members of Parliament have signed Early Day Motion 241 calling for equal extradition arrangements betwen the UK and the USA - they do not have to supply prima facie evidence against someone in the UK, but we have to do so against someone in the USA.
However, it appears that:
"The Home Secretary had 60 days to make his decision, which would have expired on 16th July 2005. The Home Office has stated that they would like more time in order to find a new Lawyer to give them advice on American Law, especially in relation to the Death Penalty."
Surely the Home Office obtained top United States legal opinions before they draughted the controversial Extradition Act 2003 legislation ?
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