An alleged member of the Basque separatist organisation ETA was recently arrested in Edinburgh, seemingly this gentleman has been convicted in France and sentenced to Five years imprisonment.
Now what I find interesting about this case is the fact that the French and the Spanish, there were arrest warrants from both countries, have to apply to the Scottish courts to have this person extradited, why, as ourselves and France are members of the EU is this still the case. One of the benefits for EU citizens is freedom of movement between member countries, in fact do we not have the right to live and work in any of the EU member countries?
So why is it the criminals or suspected criminals can enter the UK with impunity but when another member state wants them back we have to go through an lengthy and no doubt expensive legal process?
I’m sure to join the EU, countries have to meet certain Human rights standards, so this is not a concern, surely if the French and Spanish have been granted a European arrest warrant that should suffice, I can see no good reason for wasting more time on money on this process.
I suppose it’s a good earner for the lawyers!