Extradition - fight it

Extradition from the UK or from any country can be a taxing and harrowing experience. With different countries having different treaties with each other citizens can find their human and legal rights being tore apart.

We have a high level of experience of, and empathy for, the many different issues faced by you throughout your life including extradition to another country

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Extradition agreements

The general feeling in international law is that a state has no obligation to surrender an alleged criminal to a foreign state, as one principle of sovereignty is that every state has legal authority over the people inside its borders. Such lack of international obligation and the need for the right to demand such criminals from other nations, have caused a web of extradition treaties or agreements to evolve. When no applicable extradition treaty is in place, a sovereign can still ask for the removal or lawful return of an individual pursuant to the requested state’s domestic law. This can be achieved through the immigration laws of the requested state or other facets of the requested state’s domestic law.

Similarly, the codes of penal procedure in many countries contain provisions allowing for extradition to take place where there is no extradition agreement. Sovereigns may, therefore, still ask for the expulsion or lawful return of an escapee from the territory of a requested state in the absence of an extradition treaty.

No country in the world has an extradition treaty with all other countries. For example, America lacks extradition treaties with Russia, the People's Republic of China, Namibia, the United Arab Emirates, North Korea, Bahrain, and many other nations.



Political nature of the alleged crime: most nations refuse to extradite suspects of political crimes.

Possibility of certain forms of punishment: some countries refuse extradition because the person, if extradited, may receive capital punishment or torture. A few go as far as to cover all punishments that they themselves would not administer.

Equality in extradition is all about fighting unfair extradition from the UK. A person in the UK has little to no chance of stopping their Extradition to the US, but a person indicted in the US can challenge the information in the Indictment before and trial is set or remand considered. Extradition from the UK or from any country can be a taxing and harrowing experience. With different countries having different treaties with each other citizens can find their human and legal rights being tore apart.
The increased complexity and volume of law today has created the need for specialisation in order to provide the right quality of service. As a result a number of Extradition UK clients are looked after by more than one Partner or member of staff. Nevertheless we strive hard to maintain the close relationship which should exist between client and solicitor. Investment in modern technology has enabled us to improve the quality and efficiency of our service to clients. Extradition UK look to set new standards in the provision of high quality, reasonably priced, legal services to private, institutional and corporate clients. You can get a quote on-line.

Bars to extradition

By enacting laws or in concluding treaties or agreements, countries decide the conditions under which they may entertain or deny extradition requests. Common bars to extradition include:

Failure to fulfill dual criminality: normally the act for which extradition is sought must constitute a crime punishable by some small penalty in both the requesting and the requested states.

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