Clause 54 - Request for consent to further extradition

Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 14 January 2003.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Mr John Burnett Mr John Burnett Liberal Democrat, Torridge and West Devon

Although our amendment designed to delete the clause was not selected, I must place certain points about the clause on the record. The specialty rule in relation to further extradition to third countries provides a key safeguard against abuse of the system, and should be treated independently from the issue of dual criminality.

Aside from the specialty rule, offences prosecuted following surrender may raise other possible grounds for non-return—for example, because of an amnesty or a territorial issue. It is therefore not appropriate to issue a blanket waiver, although on a case-by-case

basis, and with the agreement of the surrendered person, a waiver could sometimes be appropriate.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 54 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 55 to 61 ordered to stand part of the Bill.