Clause 193 - National security

Part of Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 21st January 2003.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Conservative, Henley 10:30 am, 21st January 2003

There are several obvious retorts to that question. The first, which has been well rehearsed in Committee, is the case of the plane-spotters, who according to a common-sense application of British law were doing something entirely legal. The second is the contention that the person need not be in Spain to do something in breach of Spanish law that might, as I understand the Bill, make him liable to extradition. One could commit a computer crime or a xenophobic offence in this country that had an effect in Spain, and under Spanish law one might be liable to extradition to that territory for an offence that was either not an offence in Britain or not even committed in Spain.