Extradition

Home Office written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was to extradite suspected criminals from countries covered by the provisions of European Arrest Warrant scheme (a) before and (b) in each year after the Extradition Act 2003 came into force.

Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken to extradite suspected criminals is from category 2 (a) Type A and (b) Type B territories.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The European Arrest Warrant is designed to speed up the process of extradition. As set out in Command Paper Cm 8897 (Decision pursuant to Article 10(5) of Protocol 36 to The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union), in terms of average time taken for surrender from the UK to another country, it takes on average about three months to extradite someone under a European Arrest Warrant. Extradition to relevant non-EU countries takes on average about ten months but can, and often does, take considerably longer. Time limits are shorter under the European Arrest Warrant than under the European Convention on Extradition, resulting in shorter times in custody overall.

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