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A "Westminster Hall" debate will take place in Parliament on 24th November - BBC News.
The report has some rather surprising main conclusions. One is that the European Arrest Warrant system "broadly speaking operates satisfactorily" but points to problems arising from the number of warrants issued by some countries and also emphasizes the need to improve procedural rights. Para. 1.14 of the report states:
This hardly sounds like a scheme which is satisfactory and procedural rights are important !
A further conclusion is that the US - UK arrangements do not operate in an unbalanced manner. The report states that there is no significant difference between the US (probable cause) test for arrest and the UK's "reasonable suspicion" test.
The report calls for a re-introduction of non-means tested legal aid for extradition proceedings taking place in England, Wales and Scotland so as to bring those parts of the UK on a par with Northern Ireland.
Fair Trials International has published their view of the report. A very much more scathing attack on the report's conclusions came from Liberty which stated that it rejects the main conclusions and states that it is completely baffled by the report. The Law Society Gazette took a look at Liberty's response - "Liberty attacks 'baffling' review of extradition law."
Apart from the review by Sir Scott Baker, The human rights aspects of extradition are the subject of a report by the Parliamentary Human Rights Joint Committee - 15th Report.
Mr David Bermingham - one of the "Natwest Three" - wrote to the Law Society Gazette on 3rd November. He said:-