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Extradition

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd January 2006.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Shadow Minister (Higher Education), Education, Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many certificates under section 70(1) of the Extradition Act 2003 have been signed by his Department in respect of requests from the US since 1 January 2005; and how many requests have been received from the US for which a certificate has yet to be issued.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Certification of an extradition request is only carried out after the full request has been received. Usually the person concerned is not arrested until after receipt of the full request, but it is also possible in a case of urgency for the person concerned to be arrested provisionally. The requesting state can then submit the full request at a later date.

We do not comment on any cases in which arrests have not been made, as to give such information might endanger the course of justice. In the period 1 January 2005 to 18 January 2006, eight arrests have taken place in respect of extradition requests from the US which are dealt with by the Home Office. Certificates have been issued in respect of six of these cases.

The other two cases are provisional arrest requests in which the full request has yet to be received from the US. The legal deadline for receipt of those requests has not yet passed.

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