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Extradited suspects suffer denial of human rights, warns new report
Date 11/04/2011 15:05  Author webmaster  Hits 1179  Language Global
11 APR 2011

The fast-track extradition system used to send British citizens for trials abroad is flawed and in urgent need of reform, a report by Brussels officials warns.

By Michael Howie

The fast-track extradition system used to send British citizens for trials abroad is flawed and in urgent need of reform, a report by Brussels officials warns.

The report identifies a series of failings in the operation of the controversial "no evidence needed" European arrest warrants, including incarcerating suspects in inhumane prisons for many months as they await trial.

The damning conclusions are reached in the European Commission's third review of the warrants system and the most critical since it was introduced in 2004.

It finds that the system has "remaining imperfections, notably when it comes to its implementation at national level".

Problems include "detention conditions in some member states combined with sometimes lengthy pretrial detention for surrendered persons".

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See also:
Reding wants to limit use of European arrest warrant (European Voice)
Trivial cases undermining European arrest warrants, warns Brussels (The Guardian)