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Parliamentary Question Answered on Extradition Cases to UAE

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Parliamentary Question Answered on Extradition Cases to UAE

On the 15th November 2017, Martyn Day (Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk) asked:

'To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how many extradition requests have been made, (b) how many of those have been refused and (c) what the cost to the public purse for legal aid is for such requests made by the UAE in each year since 2010.'                                      

To which Brandon Lewis, the Minister for Immigration, replied

'As a matter of long standing policy and practice, the UK will neither confirm nor deny whether an extradition request has been made or received until such time as a person is arrested in relation to the request.

Between 2010 – 2016, 22 people were arrested in relation to extradition requests from the UAE to the UK. In the same period, 1 individual was extradited from the UK to the UAE, with the remaining cases discharged by the courts or still pending.

In regards to the cost to the public purse for legal aid for such requests, the Legal Aid Agency and Scottish Legal Aid Board does not collect data in the form requested.'

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