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Date published: 2005/01/16

The Financial Times says (subscription service):

Ian Norris, former chief executive of Morgan Crucible, the British engineering company, has been arrested and charged with a series of price-fixing offences, in a ground-breaking bid by US authorities to secure the first extradition in a cartel case.
News of the move is likely to exacerbate fears that the American authorities are becoming increasingly active in seeking the extradition of white-collar suspects, particularly in the wake of new treaty arrangements between the UK and the US.
The new extradition arrangements have been in the spotlight because of efforts by the US authorities to extradite three British investment bankers to face Enron-related fraud charges.
The case has caused controversy, raising issues about whether individual human rights are sufficiently protected under the new regime.

What the FT fails to mention is what the fundamental problems with the treaty are. The treaty is yet another example of Blair putting the interests of the US above the interests of the UK. Statewatch says:

The UK-US Treaty has three main effects:
(1) it removes the requirement on the US to provide prima facie evidence when requesting the extradition of people from the UK but maintains the requirement on the UK to satisfy the "probable cause" requirement in the US when seeking the extradition of US nationals;
(2) it removes or restricts key protections currently open to suspects and defendants;
(3) it implements the EU-US Treaty on extradition, signed in Washington on 25 June 2003, but far exceeds the provisions in this agreement.

Statewatch goes on at length to explain the various issues.

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