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Watson's warrant overrides judicial tradition
Date 27/02/2012 14:53  Author webmaster  Hits 2335  Language Global

Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson (pictured) fails to mention that the European Arrest Warrant he so forcefully supports has been used more than 200 times in the last year to haul British citizens abroad to face months in prison without charges being brought and with no evidence submitted to a British court.

By William Dartmouth MEP | thisissomerset.co.uk

Yet again Sir Graham Watson MEP cannot resist telling the world that he is the man responsible for guiding the ill conceived and flawed European Arrest warrant through the European Parliament.

Indeed Sir Graham seems to be proud of his part in bringing about this legislation even though his enthusiasm is shared by very few others.

The European Arrest Warrant overrides centuries of British judicial tradition.

Sir Graham continues to insist that the EAW is a resounding success. In support of this claim he points to the fact that a rapist and a terrorist have been brought back to face justice in a British court.



What he omits is that in both of these cases the end result would have been the same using well established extradition treaties between sovereign nations.

Sir Graham also fails to mention that this warrant has been used more than 200 times in the last year to haul British citizens abroad to face months in prison without charges being brought and with no evidence submitted to a British court.

Perhaps he has forgotten what happened to Jason McGoldrick and Michael Turner, both from the South West.

They were dragged from their homes in handcuffs by Hungarian Special Forces.

All the English magistrate could do was to affirm that the warrant had been correctly served.

The legal safe guards against extradition are no more; under the EAW extradition has become a box ticking exercise.

Sir Graham and his Lib Dem colleagues are also fervent admirers of, and apologists for, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Perhaps Sir Graham and the Lib Dems could reflect on the foreign criminals and terrorists that we cannot deport because of decisions made by that court?

So there you have it, we are not allowed to deport foreign criminals and terrorists who put us at risk – at the same time we cannot prevent our own people from being carted off for example to a former KGB prison in Budapest, Hungary – as happened with Michael Turner and Jason McGoldrick.

All this thanks to the Lib Dems. And especially Sir Graham – as he has been described "the Godfather of the European Arrest Warrant".

Yes, the Lib Dems support civil liberties – but selectively and not for us here in the UK.

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See also: William Dartmouth to attend Budapest court hearing in support of Mark and Jason
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