Extradition: Crimes Against Humanity

Home Department written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many individuals have been subject to extradition proceedings for (a) suspected war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide since 2000, broken down by (i) requesting state and (ii) the state in which the crime is alleged to have been committed;

(2) how many extradition requests were received under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 for individuals alleged to have committed (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide in each year since the Act came into force, broken down by (i) requesting state and (ii) the state in which the crime is alleged to have been committed.

Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)

It is not the normal policy or practice, to confirm or deny the existence of any extradition request ahead of a person's arrest. With that caveat in mind, the following table shows the number of persons arrested in the UK on such charges pursuant to extradition requests received since 2000. In all cases, the alleged conduct was carried out in the requesting state. There have been no European Arrest Warrants issued to the UK for persons accused of conduct falling within the scope of this question. The EAW has been in operation in the UK since 1 January 2004.

Extradition requests
Year received( 1) Number of requests Conduct Requesting state
2000
2001
2002 1 War Crimes Croatia
2003
2004
2005
2006 1 War Crimes Croatia
4 Genocide Rwanda
(1) One extradition request from Spain for offences allegedly committed in Chile was received before 2000, but was refused by the then Home Secretary in March 2000.

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