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Extradition to the US

Nine Muslim men were extradited from Britain to the US on terrorism-related charges between 2007 and 2015. They were extradited under the terms of the US-UK Extradition Treaty passed in 2003, an agreement which allows the UK to extradite people to the US upon indictment, without need for the US to provide prima facie evidence. Between them they were subject to pre-trial incarceration for up to seventeen years, police brutality, secret trials and secret evidence, long term detention in solitary confinement, citizenship deprivation and more …

Some Facts and Figures about Extradition from Britain to the US

 

Though the number of extradition cases for terrorism-related offences is small, they have played an important symbolic role in supporting justifications for more relaxed extradition arrangements with the US. The extradition cases we analyse reveal much about processes of criminalisation and the wide scope of activities that can constitute ‘terrorism offences’ under counter-terrorism legislation; the collaborative policing arrangements between Britain and the US; the routine use of lengthy pre-trial detention, segregation and solitary confinement to help secure convictions; and the co-option of human rights in helping to legitimate the possibility of lifetime incarceration in US super-maximum security prisons as compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

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