Ludford: lessons need learning from Assange EAW ruling

Baroness Sarah Ludford MEPCommenting on the decision by the UK Supreme Court that Julian Assange can be deported to Sweden to face criminal charges, Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford said:

“I fully support reform of the European Arrest Warrant to stop misuse for minor cases or for the investigation stage and to stop people being whisked off to a foreign jail long before a trial is genuinely imminent.“

“But the value of the EAW is considerable in generally making extradition to trial quicker and less bureaucratic. Lengthy court proceedings like this on procedural issues however defeat the objective, with justice delayed being justice denied.”

“It might therefore be helpful if EU legislation was clearer on definitions such as ‘judicial authority’, although it is difficult to do so without encroaching on national competence for criminal justice systems.”

“The European Parliament now has a full part in determining new EU laws, which we did not in 2002 when the EAW was decided by Member States, and I will suggest to my fellow MEPs that we need to raise this judgement with the European Commission and Council.” 


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