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Date published: 2006/07/08

The BBC says:

Opposition leaders have criticised the attorney general's decision to refuse a UK trial for three British bankers wanted in the US over Enron's collapse.

Lord Goldsmith said he saw no basis for the Serious Fraud Office to change its decision to leave the case with the US.

But Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said it was a "dereliction of duty" by the government.
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Sir Menzies said the decision to block their request showed a lack of concern by the government for its citizens.

"The primary obligation of any government is to protect the interest of its citizens and to ensure that their rights are fully respected.

"It is hard to imagine a greater dereliction of that duty than Labour is apparently willing to see. This government has been found wanting."

The case has proved controversial because the men are set to be sent to the US under an agreement that allows US courts to secure the extradition of British subjects without providing evidence they have a case to answer.

Blair will most be remembered as the jerk who got us into a big mess in Iraq, completely unnecessarily and by lying through his teeth. However he has also been responsible for many other bad deeds, including wholesale removal of civil liberties for UK citizens. The Enron case is a perfect example of that.

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