"The problem with the EAW is that any British citizen can be transported to any other EU country without a shred of evidence being produced against them, but merely on just one of thirty two vague allegations," writes UKIP justice and home affairs spokesman, Gerard Batten MEP.
•Today’s Torygraph carries a report that the European Union will reject Britain’s request for a ‘proportionality test’ to be applied to the European Arrest Warrant.
The Government plans to opt-in to the 35 worst EU measures on EU police and criminal justice measures on 1st June. Under the Lisbon Treaty it could opt out of all of 135 of them, but has chosen to opt-out of 100 irrelevant and defunct measures yet embrace the remaining 35, including the EAW.
Even our appeasing and quisling government cannot ignore the growing number of cases of gross injustice caused by the EAW since its creation in 2004. They propose a ‘proportionality test’ to ensure that ‘trivial’ applications are not made. But various EU member states are objecting and may scupper their plans.
The proportionality issue is a red herring. The problem with the EAW is that any British citizen can be transported to any other EU country without a shred of evidence being produced against them, but merely on just one of thirty two vague allegations. They can then be kept in prison for months or years while the case is ‘investigated’.
Can the government explain why it is OK to be ‘judicially surrendered’ to another country on trumped-up accusation of serious offences, e.g. murder, arson or terrorism, but not OK for trivial offences? If you are the one being consigned to a foreign prison the effect is the same be it for a serious or trivial accusation.
The issue is that no one should be extradited to another country unless that country can show convincing prima facie evidence to a British court; and where the foreign authorities have done all their investigative work and are ready to lay a charge. That is what must happen here before the British authorities can extradite someone from the EU to Britain.
The Tories are now in another panic as they realise they cannot get what they want before the deadline at the end of May.