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Extradition: USA

Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of (a) legal aid and (b) other costs incurred in respect of Article 20 of the Extradition Treaty in each case in which a British national has been extradited to the United States since 1 January 2004.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime and Policing)

In the given period, the Legal Services Commission advises that legal aid totalling £70,830.70 was paid in 10 cases which involved the extradition of UK citizens from England and Wales to the USA. It is not otherwise possible to provide a complete or accurate breakdown of costs incurred in individual extradition cases by each Government Department and its supporting agencies. In each agency involved, the cases were dealt with as part of its overall and larger case load.

The figure does not include legal aid which may have been granted in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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