Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The European Arrest Warrant - an inconvenient fact that seems to be being ignored by such as the BBC

In all of the coverage of the European Arrest Warrant there seems to be one inconvenient fact that's being ignored. From Wikipedia:

The European Arrest Warrant was established by an EU framework decision in 2002.[5] Framework decisions were legal instruments of the third pillar of the European Community akin to directives and only take effect when implemented by EU member states by transposing them into their domestic law. The European Arrest Warrant replaced the 1957 European Convention on Extradition (ECE) which had previously governed extraditions between most member states, and various legal instruments which had been adopted to streamline the process of extradition under the ECE such as the 1989 agreement on the simplification of the transmission requests for extradition, the 1995 Convention on simplified extradition procedure, the 1996 Convention on extradition between Member States, and the provisions of the Schengen Agreement regarding extradition.

The EAW Framework Decision came into force on 1 January 2004 in eight member states, namely Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. By 1 November 2004 all member states had implemented the legislation except Italy, which did so on 22 April 2005.[6] Bulgaria and Romania implemented the Decision on their accession in 2007.
So the EAW Framework Decision came into force under a UK labour government...

1 comment:

andy5759 said...

I am not sure of the timelines of the arrest in this country of General Pinochet and subsequent house arrest. Apparently this arrest was triggered by a warrant issued by a leftwing maverick obscure magistrate serving somewhere equally obscure. Rules is rules, we obey, others piss about. Habeas Corpus. That don't work over there. Are we to expect them to change? Or are we expected to change?