Thursday, 15 October 2015

Because as we well know, Switzerland and Norway are teeming with foreign criminals who they just can't deport or extradite...

From the BBC:

Fugitives across Europe will flock to the UK as a safe haven if it leaves the European Union because a series of laws and extradition agreements would be ripped up, the former head of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has said.

In one of the strongest warnings of the dangers of a UK exit, Sir Hugh Orde said criminals would know that it would take longer to extradite them if Britain were outside the EU.

He said: “If I was a villain somewhere else in Europe and I’m escaping justice, I am going to be here because it is going to take a lot longer to get me back.”


In order to even this up, I suppose we ought to do a couple of fatuous non-arguments for leaving the EU, but so far, the in-crowd has given us the easiest targets.

6 comments:

Kj said...

Good one. As it happens, the criminals we [outside the EU] would want to, but cannot, extradite are outside the scope of treaties with the EU.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mullah_Krekar#Proceedings_against_Krekar

Lola said...

ACPO are a bunch of authoritarian (bordering on totalitarian) bureaucratic self serving lying shits. I do not trust them on matters quasi political as far as I can spit a rat.

Sackerson said...

@Lola: Love that "spit a rat", never heard it before, must use it.

The Stigler said...

What utter bunk. We had extradition with most of Western Europe when it was still the old EEC. In fact, extradition is a perfect example of Not Needing the EU, that justice ministers/home secretaries just sat down together and signed pieces of paper about it. It's what we do with Switzerland, Norway, the USA and South America.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Kj, it's a bit more complicated than that. This 'human rights for terrorists' comes from the ECHR which you must sign up to if you want to be in the EU. So I don't know why Norway let's him stay, but it would be even more difficult getting rid of him if you were in the EU.

Mark Wadsworth said...

"Lets". Bloody mobile spell checker.